Three local charities were delighted to benefit from a Christmas toy bonanza courtesy of Stafford Land Rover. The Valley Drive dealership, part of the family owned and run Swansway Group donated their Santa Patrol presents to the charities, all of which work with local families across Staffordshire.

Staffordshire charity, A Child of Mine, run Sunshine and Rainbows a group for families who’ve lost a child and still have other children; the charity also runs Our Space, a group specifically for children aged ten-plus, who’ve been bereaved by the loss of a sibling, parent or grandparent, Gayle Routledge founder of A Child of Mine explained,

“These children can be very vulnerable and it’s fabulous to be able to give something special this Christmas. Massive thanks to Stafford Land Rover for their generosity, it will make a real difference this Christmas”.

Next on Santa’s list was the Childhood Cancer Parents Alliance; Operations Manager, Rachel Olley added,

“These gifts will be greatly appreciated both by the children suffering from cancer and by their siblings. What people often don’t realise is that having a very sick child means that, usually, one parent needs to give up work in order to be there for the constant hospital visits. Of course, this means a drastic reduction in the family income and there’s no money for Christmas presents; so, these gifts will be a great boost”.

Also benefitting from the Swansway Santa Patrol £12,500 Christmas present bonanzaacross the North West and Midlands, was the local school, Burton Manor Primary. Swansway Group director, David Smyth, added,

”There are a lot of kids out there, for whom Christmas isn’t the magical time it should be; as a family business if we can help make Christmas a little more special for these children, then we will. Smyths Toys, no relation, are supporting us again this year, by adding 10 per cent extra to our £10,000 budget, for which we thank Mark Stead at the Stoke-on-Trent branch”.