Rugby ace de­liv­ers gifts to hospice

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WALES rugby star Leigh Half­penny has paid a spe­cial visit to Welsh chil­dren’s hospice Ty Hafan to de­liver more than 500 gifts be­fore Christ­mas.

Half­penny was on hand to sur­prise fam­i­lies and make the spe­cial de­liv­ery this week.

Ty Hafan of­fers care, com­fort and sup­port for chil­dren and young peo­ple with life­lim­it­ing con­di­tions and their fam­i­lies across Wales.

Hun­dreds of gifts had been do­nated by gen­er­ous St David’s Cardiff shop­pers, and in­cluded toys from the likes of Ham­leys, Lego and Dis­ney.

The toy ap­peal runs un­til Fri­day, De­cem­ber 22, and is sup­port­ing 20 char­i­ties across south Wales, with char­i­ties re­ceiv­ing toy donations through­out the cam­paign for chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

Nearly 6,000 gifts have been do­nated so far.

Bri­tish & Ir­ish Li­ons star Half­penny spent time with chil­dren and fam­i­lies as toys were de­liv­ered with less than three weeks to go be­fore Christ­mas.

He said: “It was amaz­ing to see the chil­dren’s faces and the ex­cite­ment when they saw the toys ar­riv­ing. They were all look­ing in the boxes to see what they would like to play with.

“It was a spe­cial thing to be part of in the run-up to Christ­mas. It’s al­ways great to be back at Ty Hafan.

“The fam­i­lies are amaz­ing and the staff do an amaz­ing job.”

Steven Made­ley, gen­eral man­ager for St David’s, said they were thrilled to wel­come the Scar­lets player.

Mr Made­ley said: “Hav­ing Leigh’s sup­port, and see­ing the gen­eros­ity of our shop­pers truly brings the spirit of Christ­mas – we are well on our way to sur­pass last year’s donations.”

Shop­pers who want to take part in the ap­peal can head to one of two do­na­tion sta­tions at St David’s. The first is near the Clo­gau store on the lower level, and the sec­ond is near Watches of Switzer­land.

> Leigh Half­penny with gifts for chil­dren at Ty Hafan

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