THE Big Wrap Christmas gift appeal, launched last week, works in partnership with the Vale Children and Young People's Services and local charities to provide support for over 500 children and young people who might otherwise receive little or nothing for Christmas.

"We are delighted to be running the initiative again this year, in partnership with local churches and the Vale Foodbank," said Susan Lloyd-Selby, Big Wrap co-ordinator.

"Last year our volunteers wrapped and delivered presents to 145 children in the Vale and provided hampers to 50 young people. In the current economic climate we are anticipating even more demand this year, so we hope people will support us".

Local people can donate toys and gifts (new and unwrapped), as well as selection boxes and sweets at the collection point in the reception area of the Civic Offices in Holton Road, Barry.

The collection point is open until Friday, December 7, and donations can also be taken to Coastlands Family Church, Tennyson Road, Barry (Mondays 2-3pm and Thursdays 4.30-6pm).

Further information from Susan Lloyd-Selby by email at  or telephone 01446 410782.