A CAMPAIGN has been launched to make this Christmas a happy one for vulnerable adults and children in Dudley.

Kingswinford North and Wall Heath Councillors Nicola Richards and Ed Lawrence have got behind Dudley CVS' 'Operation Santa' and are calling on the generous people of Dudley to donate a small gift to an adult or child this Christmas.

Gifts will be given to 'Children Looked After' in the borough and older residents who are struggling at this time of year.

The intiative is supported by Leslie’s Care Packages, who work throughout the year to help the homeless.

Cllr Nicola Richards said “I’m delighted we’re encouraging the community to come together again in Wall Heath, this time with a Christmas Present Appeal. Christmas can be a hard time of year for people of any age who have experienced challenges in their life.

"In particular, we’re supporting looked after children in Dudley and I’m really grateful to Leslie’s Care Packages for working with us to help the homeless and I’m thrilled to have the support of local businesses like The Horse and Jockey and Headway Technology who will be helping us store the gifts.

She added: "Whether it’s a children’s toys, clothes or food supplies for people struggling, all gifts are welcome.”

To make a donation, items can be dropped off at The Horse and Jockey on Wall Heath High Street and Headway Technology at 15B High Street in Wall Heath.

Only new items can be accepted.

For more information about the appeal and full list of needed items, search for the 'Wall Heath Christmas Appeal' on Facebook.