Cardiff Bus is taking over from Santa’s sleigh this month when it makes a special festive delivery to dementia patients at a local hospital.

Cardiff Bus staff are transporting an abundance of donated gifts to Llandough hospital on December 21st.

Gifts including chocolates, perfume, socks, books, and nail varnish, which have been collected by Cardiff Bus staff throughout December, will be delivered to patients during the day.

They will be gifted to those being treated on Ward East 18, which provides specialist support to people living with dementia and other progressive brain diseases.

The donations are part of Cardiff Bus’s ongoing charitable support of the ward, with staff having hiked up Penyfan, and undertaken the Cardiff Half Marathon to support its vital work and its facilities.

Earlier this year it also donated one of its bus stop signs and timetable displays to the hospital, in a bid to prevent patients living with dementia from becoming unsettled and anxious during their stay.

Cardiff Bus commercial manager Gareth Stevens said they were delighted to be supporting the “invaluable” ward and its patients during the Christmas period.

He said:

“Christmas is such a special time of year for everyone, so we are pleased to be bringing a little bit of festive cheer to the patients at Ward East 18.

“Ward East 18 and Llandough Hospital provide such invaluable care to people living with dementia across south Wales and their families, so we are only too happy to support their work.

“We are delighted to have been able to offer ongoing support to this fantastic ward, and we aim to continue doing so in 2019.

 “We look forward to visiting the ward and its patients on December 21 and handing out the gifts that our staff have very generously donated.”