The Island’s foster children enjoyed some Christmas cheer on Sunday 6th December at the annual Barclays Wealth Children’s Christmas Party.

47 children attended the party, which was held at The Merton Hotel, and enjoyed a swim, special lunch and presents from Santa Claus. The party is always a key date on the children’s calendars with the highlight of the event meeting Barclays Wealth’s very own Santa Claus.

The annual Christmas party is also an important date for Barclays Wealth staff as they rally round to buy presents for the children. The event gives the children a chance to mix with others in similar circumstances.

Barclays Wealth has supported the Jersey Foster Carers Association for six years. The Christmas party is funded by Barclays Wealth’s Employee Volunteering Scheme, through which staff can apply for grants for a variety of community projects which they wish to support.

Paul Savery, Country Manager of Barclays Wealth in Jersey said: ‘The Christmas party is a wonderful event and it is clear how much the kids enjoy it. The Barclays Wealth team have a hands-on involvement with the event – from planning through to the day itself. They buy presents for the kids and are always extremely generous. We’re expecting a great turn out this year and our staff are giving up their own time to be there and make sure it’s a party to remember.’

Zoe Rive, Honorary Secretary, Jersey Foster Carers Association said: ‘Christmas can be a really difficult time of year for the children and their foster carers and events such as the Christmas party can make all the difference. The children love it and we’re so grateful to Barclays Wealth for supporting us in this way. I can honestly say that they have improved the lives of foster children in Jersey.’