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11 Dec 2019
Stagecoach staff in the Rhondda Valleys spread the Christmas cheer by donating gifts to LATCH children’s hospital
Three Stagecoach drivers from Porth depot decided that they wanted to spread some Christmas cheer this year to local children who are unwell with cancer and leukaemia.
Steven Napper, Andrea Kavanagh and Callum Hennesey from Porth depot took it upon themselves to spread the word and ask staff at Porth for donations of gifts, selection boxes and any toys that they could give to ‘LATCH’ Children’s Hospital in Cardiff.
The response was huge and dozens of presents were donated and were stored in the depot since November. In addition, the Union which represents Porth depot donated £100 to buy babys’ toys and driver Luke Rees took part in a pool competition where he raised £100 which bought gifts for the teenagers in Hospital.
Andrea, Callum and colleague Byron Williams contacted LATCH and arranged to present the children with the gifts at the Hospital on 10th December. They had to travel with a van as they couldn’t fit all the presents in a car! The drivers had an emotional day meeting the children on the ward and were delighted to see their happy faces.
Steve Price from LATCH commented:
LATCH supports the children and their families who are being treated by the Oncology Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Wales, whose catchment area stretches from Chepstow in the South to Aberystwyth in the North. Around 70 new cases are diagnosed every year.
LATCH is most well known for its on-Site Family Accommodation at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. This unit consists of eight hotel-standard bedrooms (six of which are en-suite) with televisions as well as kitchen facilities, a laundry room, a dining room and lounge so families can make themselves at home. The accommodation is offered to families free of charge and helps keep families together during their child’s stay in hospital.