A CHIRK councillor praised the area’s community agent for her efforts over the festive period at a council meeting on Wednesday.

Councillor Dorothy Griffiths said the packages, arranged by community agent Yvie Bernett, left recipients in tears of joy over Christmas.

She added that she hopes the distribution of hampers to people who need them most becomes an annual occurrence at Christmas in the town.

She said: “It was the idea of Yvie, and a group of us helped to put together a list of people we wanted to deliver a hamper to.

“We did 72 hampers all together, and they were wonderful and really well-appreciated.

“Some of us were helping out with the arrangements at Chirk Surgery last week with the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, and we received many comments from people who received a hamper last month.

“One lady, who was 92, couldn’t believe she had received one and said it was like Father Christmas had visited.”

With more than 70 people in the town receiving a hamper, cllr Griffiths received plenty of thank you messages after helping to distribute the gifts safely.

However, she stated that all thanks and praise deserves to go to the community agent for her hard work.

Cllr Griffiths said: “I told people it isn’t me who should be thanked – I only played a small part myself.

“Yvie organised everything and it was brilliant. It was really good to see the smiles on people’s faces.

“I think the idea thought up by Yvie was excellent – she is a wonderful community agent and we have thanked her over and over again.

“I think she is very deserved of praise, and we hope it will be a yearly thing going forward.”

Cllr Griffiths was also busy over the Christmas period arranging hampers to be delivered to hospital staff and patients at Chirk Community Hospital, on behalf of the hospital’s Circle of Friends group.

She added: “We did deliver Christmas gifts to the hospital staff and patients as the Circle of Friends.

“We put together a hamper for every patient and member of staff, and dropped them off at the hospital safely before Christmas.”