A NUMBER of causes have been helped this Christmas thanks to a record breaking appeal by Caerphilly County Borough Council.

Council staff took part in their annual ‘Fashion for Food’ day where they donated items of food in exchange for dressing down.

This was then distributed to foodbanks throughout the county borough, along with additional donations received from council suppliers and contractors.

Foodbanks in Blackwood, New Tredegar, Risca and Caerphilly, each received 15 boxes of donations along with £375 to purchase additional items to help those in need.

The large number of donations received from businesses this year meant that more local causes were supported, including 98 hampers which were filled with essential items and Christmas treats as part of Operation Santa.

The hampers were donated to young people within the county borough, as well as families and individuals known to Social Services and Floating Support teams.

Caerphilly Churches Night Shelters also benefitted from donations including food, toiletries, winter hats and gloves.

The Churches Night Shelter project offers rough sleepers a safe place to stay, a hot meal and additional support during the most difficult months of the year.

Cllr Lisa Phipps, the council’s cabinet member for Homes and Places, said: “The council’s Caerphilly Homes team has been co-ordinating the annual Fashion for Food initiative for several years and it has grown from strength to strength.

"We were overwhelmed by the donations received this year, both from council staff and businesses, and it was fantastic to be able to support so many worthy causes.

"On behalf of the council, I’d like to thank everyone who donated and to the Caerphilly Homes team for co-ordinating the appeal.”

Cllr Colin Gordon, the council’s cabinet member for Corporate Services, added: “The council is committed to ensuring that procurement arrangements deliver additional benefits for local communities. This Christmas appeal is just one example of how the council’s Procurement team is working to ensure that community benefits are delivered.

"The council is extremely grateful to the very many companies who have given their support and helped with the success of this year’s appeal.”

A total of £4,250.00 was donated by suppliers and contractors who work for Caerphilly County Borough Council, along with donations of food and other items.

The companies who made such generous donations were: E.ON, Alan Carter Taxis, Hawkesford Construction, Davies Coaches, Bryn Group, Willis Construction, Stepping Stones, TPG Disableaids, Hedlyn Building Contractors, Alun Griffiths, CLO Plumbing & Heating, Jistcourt, SERS, Heatforce, Glyn Evans Coaches, Colin Laver Heating, Cardiff Lift, Jon Bishop Construction, Person to Person Advocacy, Wilmott Dixon, Woosnam Dairies, S D James Construction, Pauline Lawrence, Panini’s, Springfield Papers, Bradfords Minibus Hire, C & S Plastering, Castell Howell, Keepmoat, Vinci, I & N Watts, MTBS, Robert Price Builders Merchants, K B Taxis, Care Management Group, Creigiau Travel, L & K Kabs, J & I Taxis, Jefferies, New Tredegar Taxis, SET Office Supplies, Shane’s Taxi, QDL Contractors, M & J Cullen, Caerphilly Care for Carers, Perfect Journey, Cems Cabs, The Consortium, Ashcrofts Building, Lyreco, D J Decorators, DNA Heating, A P Waters, Nuaire, Seren Electrical, Quinn, Worcester Bosch, Weatherby, Marley, Spriotech and Mitie.