Barry Town United have launched a campaign to raise money to buy toys for The Vale Of Glamorgan Council’s Big Wrap Initiative.
The "Share a Smile This Christmas" campaign will see first-team squad members of the JD Cymru Premier team donate a percentage of their wage while carrying out other activities such as auctions and raffles. The ladies team will be running fancy dress training sessions and the academy and grassroots sections are also participating in the initiative, running their own training based challenges.
Of the campaign, in a statement on their website, Barry Town United said:
"2020 has been a difficult year for so many communities and families. Our first-team squad and staff want to give something back to our local community and working with the club’s other teams, they are excited to launch our “Share a smile this Christmas” campaign.
"Our campaign will see us raise money to make Christmas extra special for those families who need it most. Every penny of the money raised will be used to purchase high-quality toys which will be donated to The Vale Of Glamorgan Council’s Big Wrap Initiative."
Club supporters are encouraged to assist the initiative where possible, with the club saying:
"We have an ambitious fundraising target which we know supporters will want to help us hit. You can contribute via our GoFundMe Page or by popping into the clubhouse. Supporters can donate as much or as little as they can. Every little helps to make a magical Christmas possible for those who need it the most. You have until December 12 to donate."
First team manager, Gavin Chesterfield said of the project:
“I am really proud of the lads as I am of all at the club for getting on board with this fantastic campaign. It has been a rotten year and it feels like this Christmas more than ever is one to cherish with our loved ones. I hope those of us more fortunate will contribute to help those not so have a Christmas to remember. Thank you to Mark, Emily and Mike Barrett for their guidance, contributions and support for the campaign and to all at The Vale of Glamorgan Council.”