CHARITY representatives have thanked a prolific Newport fundraiser who opened up her sprawling home as an epic Christmas grotto over Christmas – and raised more than £4,000.

Sheila Gill handed over cheques to the Full Circle Foundation – on behalf of Dreams and Wishes – and Casey’s Cause, for disabled youngster Casey Hard, at the Picton Arms, Pill, this afternoon.

She was joined by Newport boxer Sean McGoldrick and Newport County’s Michael Flynn.

Mairead McGoldrick, from Full Circle, expressed her thanks to Mrs Gill.

"We're very thankful to Sheila Gill, John Reynolds and all at the Irish club and Picton arms that work so hard to raise money for us," she said.

Mrs Gill, 73, who lives in Stow Hill, has raised over £1 million throughout her life and this was the latest in her support towards people that need it.

At a charge of £1 per visitor, her garden was open to the public throughout December to bring their children along to visit Santa and enjoy the display she had created.

Mrs Gill said: “I chose to give the money to these two charities I’ve read stories about them in the Argus and they really touched me. None of this would have been possible with the people of Pill."