Cof­fee shops’ Santa treat for Barnardo’s

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - JES­SICA WALFORD jes­[email protected]­line.co.uk

COF­FEE shops in Brid­gend are run­ning a Se­cret Santa ap­peal to help chil­dren who might not oth­er­wise get pre­sents this year.

Cus­tomers of 10 Star­bucks stores across South Wales, run un­der the fran­chise of Magic Bean, have set up Christ­mas trees hung with gift tags, each with the name of a child sup­ported by Barnardo’s Cymru.

Cof­fee lovers are be­ing en­cour­aged to choose a tag and do­nate a gift for a child who might oth­er­wise be with­out gifts on Christ­mas Day.

Sarah Craw­ley, Di­rec­tor of Barnardo’s Cymru, said: “Some of the chil­dren we sup­port would have noth­ing to open on Christ­mas Day if it wasn’t for the generosity of the Magic Bean Star­bucks fran­chises and their cus­tomers.

“Their kind­ness will make such a dif­fer­ence to chil­dren who may have had a very tough year and faced many chal­lenges.

“I’d like to say a big thank you on their be­half.”

Leon Es­fa­hani, Magic Bean man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, said: “We are so proud to be sup­port­ing Barnardo’s Cymru for the third year run­ning through our Se­cret Santa Ap­peal.

“It is so im­por­tant to us that no child goes with­out at Christ­mas, which is why we are aim­ing to beat last year’s tar­get and col­lect 2,000 gifts.

“Christ­mas can be a stress­ful time for fam­i­lies fi­nan­cially, so we want to help take the pres­sure off and en­sure many chil­dren can have the mag­i­cal Christ­mas they de­serve.”

The McArthur Glen store and Water­ton Re­tail Parks, both in Brid­gend, are tak­ing part.

Star­bucks staff mem­ber Aaliyah Lewis is back­ing the Se­cret Santa ap­peal

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