Hundreds of Christmas presents were delivered to care leavers in Wolverhampton thanks to the generosity of businesses, council staff and the public.

The City of Wolverhampton Council’s Reach Leaving Care Team invited people to purchase much needed Christmas gifts for the care leavers it supports, and was overwhelmed by the response.

In total, the team received 700 presents, ranging from toys and selection boxes to clothing and other gifts, either purchased via an Amazon Wish List or donated by local companies including Collins Aerospace, Nuts and Bolts Ltd and Wates Living Space. 

These were distributed to young care leavers shortly before the big day, with around 100 presents left over which will be given out over the coming 12 months to mark important occasions in care leavers’ lives.

The Reach Leaving Care Team also hosted a successful Christmas party where over 30 young people were treated to a festive meal cooked and served by team members, followed by karaoke, party games and general merriment.

Councillor Chris Burden, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “The Reach Leaving Care Team supports over 400 young people across the city and wanted to make sure each and every young person had a gift from the council, their Corporate Parent, on Christmas Day. 

“We had a fantastic response from people and businesses in Wolverhampton and, on behalf of all the young people, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their generosity."