Reality TV star AJ Bunker during a visit to the Caudwell International Children's Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

Reality TV star Andrea Jane ‘AJ’ Bunker has shared heart-warming pictures after she visited Caudwell Children to support our Christmas fundraising efforts.

AJ visited the £18 million Caudwell International Children’s Centre in Staffordshire to take part in an activity club with disabled children.

The session included a festive fairy hunt and a chance for AJ to read the children the latest tale in the Grumbalina children’s book series.

Before the event, AJ took to Instagram to tell her followers how excited she was to visit the Caudwell International Children’s Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire – which includes a state-of-the-art Autism Service.

She later encouraged her followers to donate to Caudwell Children’s festive fundraising campaign. The team are currently working tirelessly to provide a pack of sensory toys for 3,800 disabled children across the country in time for Christmas.

Caudwell Children has received thousands of applications for sensory kits since the outbreak of the pandemic. Shielding precautions and a national shortage of Occupational Therapists have left disabled children without the support they need.

The charity’s Christmas campaign is providing thousands of autistic children with toys that will help them to connect with their families over the festive period.

AJ, who appeared on popular ITV2 show Love Island earlier this year, said:

“I had such a fantastic day at Caudwell Children. It’s an amazing charity.

“Spending time with the children at the activity club was such a rewarding experience.

“If you can, please support Caudwell Children’s Christmas campaign. For £20 you can help cover the cost of a pack of life-changing sensory toys for a disabled child.

“Please donate if you can.”

AJ’s visit to Caudwell Children’s HQ comes just a few weeks after she attended the Butterfly Ball at the Roundhouse in London.

Caudwell Children’s Events Manager, Richie Parrish, said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome AJ to the Caudwell International Children’s Centre. She could not do enough for the children and was instantly at the heart of our session.

“The children loved having AJ here and her support for our Christmas campaign is helping us to raise much-needed funds.”

Caudwell Children’s sensory packs have been specially selected by the charity’s in-house team of Occupational Therapists.

The toys that stimulate children’s senses and help them to process and regulate their emotions.

To support our Christmas campaign go to: https://getsensorypacks.com/