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Toy donations brightening Christmas for families across Wolverhampton

Disadvantaged children across Wolverhampton are opening presents today thanks to a charity donation.

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Wolves Foundation show off some of the toys donated by Sikh Toy Appeal and Punjabi Wolves. From left, Rachel Smith, Steve Cullis, Manny Johal, Andy Sahota and Meetu Singh.

The Wolves Foundation has delivered presents to charities and aid organisations across Wolverhampton after a donation of £2,000 worth of toys from the Sikh Toy Appeal and supporters group Punjabi Wolves.

Andy Sahota, from Punjabi Wolves, delivered the toys along with Manny Johal and Meetu Singh from the Sikh Toy Appeal.

He said: "I've wanted to do something to help the foundation for a long time as a Wolves season ticket holder and member of Punjabi Wolves.

"We've supported the Sikh Toy Appeal for a long time and when Manny Johal approached me to promote the appeal, we decided to get involved and we raised £1,000 for a donation.

"To be involved in something like this is very rewarding and it feels good to give back to children, as they are the future of this city."

The £1,000 raised by Punjabi Wolves was matched by the Sikh Toy Appeal, with Hamleys Toy store in London providing toys for the appeal.

Wolves Foundation health and wellbeing manager Rachel Smith said it was incredible to see the amount of donated toys being brought into the foundation's offices at Molineux Stadium.

She said: "All of the boxes seem to keep coming and coming and there's a lot of different kinds of gifts and toys which will definitely be going to people in need.

"We're quite honoured by the fact that the two groups trust us with all of this stuff to give out to organisations which help some of the most vulnerable families and children in the city.

"We need to double-check who is accepting what due to Covid restrictions, but we aim to give these to groups like the Good Shepherd, the Haven and the Women and Families Resource Centre."