LEADING Welsh law firm Harding Evans, headquartered in the centre of Newport, have stepped in to ensure that local families are able to give their children gifts this Christmas.
In 2022, when the Children Law department at Harding Evans discovered that Newport City Council had lost regular contributors of Christmas gifts for children from low-income families they offered to help. Having launched a toy appeal, they went on to collect gifts for 125 children living in the local community with donations coming from colleagues within the firm, along with local businesses and organisations.
Now, with times even tougher in 2023, the team at Harding Evans have once again stepped in to help families that are supported by Newport City Council and are struggling financially to provide gifts for their children to open on Christmas Day.
In fact, the collection went so well that there were actually more toys than had been requested, so those, added to a donation of gifts from Nuttall Parker Estate Agents and staff at Newport Crown Court, will all be handed over to BAWSO, an all-Wales organisation supporting people affected by domestic abuse, human trafficking, FGM, forced marriage and other forms of violence, to ensure that the children living in their refuges and safe houses also receive a present.
Siobhan Downes, Partner and Head of Harding Evans’ Children Law team commented “Once again, the team here at Harding Evans have thrown themselves behind this appeal and through their generosity, we have been able to supply Newport City Council with gifts for all of the children that they identified. The cost of living crisis is really hitting people hard and we hope, through providing these gifts, this eases a small part of the pressure these families must be feeling, especially at this time of year, and they know that people do care”.
Narise Mason, Social Work Assistant at Newport City Council added “we are so grateful to everyone who has so kindly and generously donated these toys, to help us at Newport Children’s Services to provide children with presents this Christmas”.