A circus-themed dinner was held to raise funds for the charity. / The Food FAIRIES

Marbella locals asked to donate Christmas gifts to struggling families

The Food Fairies charity hopes to provide festive cheer for hundreds of children this Christmas

ASH MAER

A Marbella-based charity is asking members of the public to donate presents to struggling families this Christmas.

It is hoped that the appeal will bring some festive cheer to hundreds of children between Puerto de la Duquesa and Malaga this month.

Organised by British expat Kara Caradas through her registered charity the Food Fairies, a team of volunteers are helping to collect and then dish out the presents, which can be dropped off at a number of locations along the Costa del Sol, up until Sunday 12 December.

Brit Kara, 37, who has lived in Spain for 20 years, said: “We are relying on our wonderful community to help us pull this off."

“So, we are hoping everyone can buy a gift, wrap and label it with the age and gender of the child it’s intended for, and then drop to one of our many drop points along the coast."

“It’s only with the community’s support we can ensure that all families have presents to give their children this Christmas.”

Kara added that gifts for teenage boys are needed in particular as they are often forgotten.

All drop off points are listed on the Costa Collections page on Facebook.

For more information send a WhatsApp message to Kara on 602 531 928 or visit The Food Fairies Facebook page.

The circus-themed charity dinner was sold out. / THE FOOD FAIRIES

Circus-themed dinner raises almost 16,000 euros for charity

A circus-themed charity dinner in aid of underprivileged children raised just under €16,000 at Siroko Beach last Saturday night.

A total of 120 people attended the event organised by local registered charity The Food Fairies.

The funds will be used to buy food for more than 1,000 families over the festive period.

During the dinner there were local DJs, a fire-blower, stilt walkers and Balloon Man Spain helped add to the event's circus theme.

Event organiser, Kara Caradas, said: “The sell-out event was held to raise money to give underprivileged families a Christmas food hamper. Local businesses have been a huge support donating raffle and auction prizes for the event! Thank you to everyone who helped support the event!”