Very sad re­flec­tion of dif­fi­cult times

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

WITH Christmas just around the cor­ner, the thoughts of many will turn to fam­ily. I, along with many other peo­ple, will be for­tu­nate in spend­ing qual­ity time with my loved ones.

For many though, Christmas can be a lonely and stress­ful time, and I will be spar­ing a thought for them too.

I do hope that in some small way we have been able to help many fam­i­lies who would oth­er­wise have strug­gled to give their children the same magic that some of us take for granted.

Our Toy­box Ap­peal has seen un­prece­dented de­mand this year, and that in it­self is a very sad re­flec­tion of the dif­fi­cult times many peo­ple in our com­mu­nity are go­ing through.

I was grate­ful to visit the de­pot where all your do­na­tions have been sorted by vol­un­teers, and I have thanked them – as I thank ev­ery­one who has do­nated – for help­ing to put a smile on the faces of some Car­marthen­shire children that may oth­er­wise failed to re­ceive a visit from Fa­ther Christmas.

Of course, af­ter all the fes­tiv­i­ties of the big day, and in an an­nual tra­di­tion, hun­dreds of you will join other brave and hardy souls at the 33rd Wal­rus Dip at Cefn Si­dan.

I wish luck to ev­ery­one tak­ing part, and of course to our coun­cil chair­man coun­cil­lor Mansel Charles, who is tak­ing part for the first time.

Nadolig Llawen, Merry Christmas ev­ery­one.

Co­me­dian Phil Evans from Am­man­ford is known as the man who puts the “cwtsh” into com­edy

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