The Villa Bar & Restaurant in Portstewart have been asking their staff and customers to donate an item towards their ‘Kids in Care’ collection.
The Villa is owned by road racer Michael Dunlop alongside his business partner Maggie McWilliams, who came up with an idea alongside charity, Northern Ireland Kinship Care, to collect gifts for ‘Kids in Care’ this Christmas.
Individuals were asked to chose from 100 tokens hanging from the Christmas tree at the Villa, each containing an item from a Child in cares ‘Christmas Wishlist’.
After registering their intention to purchase the item on the tickets with the Villa, they were asked to return it to the popular North Coast bar & restaurant.
All these items have were returned and every child’s wish has been filled, with the presents delivered before Christmas Eve.
One of the Villas staff members, Mandy Graham, has described seeing the generosity of people who gifted presents, saying;
“Well done to Micheal & Maggie on this brilliant idea and all their hard work and help from their staff.
“I am truly humbled by this all and seeing it brings a tear to my eye today as these wee kids now will actually have a gift from Santa.”
The Villa posted the following this morning on their Facebook page.
“We hope that every child receiving these gifts understands how loved they are
Thank you to each and every person who gifted a kid in care for our appeal
Merry Christmas from Maggie, Michael and all the team at Villa”