Gifts for ill children – and some of nurses, too

CHILDREN’S charity Dreams and Wishes held its annual run to hospitals across South Wales, handing out presents and treats to patients and staff.

The charity supports seriously ill children and their families and aims to fulfil ill children’s dreams and wishes, from sending them on a holiday of a lifetime to giving them the chance to meet their favourite celebrity.

The day began at the Hilton Hotel in Newport, which is adopting Dreams andWishes as its charity of 2013, before heading to St Joseph’s and St Anne’s hospitals. At each hospital, they handed out presents to patients and staff, including make-up sets to some of the nurses. They then visited the Royal Gwent, Velindre and the children’s hospital in Cardiff.

Jonathan Collingbourne, 44, the charity director, is also the managing director of Newport Auctions Limited.

He said: “I dressed as Pudsey, while my daughter Paris was an elf and my son Rory was Top Cat.

“We started at 9am and finished at 5pm. A lot of people have contributed their time and effort. Boots donated the make-up kits, and we had a lot of donated children’s toys and even fun crackers they can make themselves while in hospital. It was a fantastic day.”

For more information email: info@dreamsand wishescharity.org or visit the Dreams and Wishes Facebook page.

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