A charity which supports adults and children with life threatening illnesses has been given an early Christmas present thanks to financial advice company Wealth of Advice.

The company, which is based at Belmont in Durham, decided that rather than sending Christmas cards to its clients, instead it would donate the equivalent value in selection boxes to Bringing Back a Smile.

The charity, which was set up in 2017 by Kevin Hill, helps adults and children across the region who are undergoing treatment for serious illness, by delivering toys, books and games to them.

Bringing Back a Smile also fundraises to give them and their families a break from the gruelling treatment they must undertake daily.

Managing Director of Wealth of Advice, Chris Breward, was made aware of the charity as one of his clients, Christopher Sayers, is a patron. That came about when founder Kevin supported him and his wife Melissa when their daughter Daisy was undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia.

Chris said: “I really believe that businesses like ours should do their bit to support charities in the area, and when I heard about Bringing Back a Smile, I thought it was such a fantastic charity.

“Most of us are incredibly lucky that Christmas is a time for happiness and cheer, spending time with our families and giving and receiving presents. But for many, it’s a time when they’ll be undergoing treatment in hospital and won’t get the enjoy the festivities which we take for granted.

“Our donation means that the £300 worth of selection boxes which we have bought instead of sending cards can be given to children who will spend this Christmas in hospital, and it’s a way of us doing our bit to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

“Charity support is something that as a local, family business we are very passionate about, and I am already looking at what we can do next year to help those in need.”

The selection boxes were collected by Peterlee dad Christopher, who will work with Kevin and the team to distribute the sweet treats in the coming weeks.

Christopher said: “Having watched our daughter Daisy go through chemotherapy for leukaemia, we know just how hard it is. And when that treatment means they’re in hospital over Christmas, usually a child’s favourite time of year, it’s even harder. Donations like these selection boxes from Wealth of Advice will really bring a smile back to many young people which really can make a difference during their time in hospital.”