Christmas is a time for giving and Wales top professional rugby players have been out in the community spreading some festive cheer in the run up to the big day.

All four Welsh regions - the Cardiff Blues, Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets - have been travelling around their respective region visiting hospitals, charity shops and hospice care centres.

The Blues were out in force this week, paying visits to the Noah's Ark at the University Hospital of Wales and Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant.

Ben Thomas, Ellis Jenkins and Josh Navidi, who played Oasis classic Wonderwall on a guitar, visited the Tŷ Hafan Children's Hospice in Sully.

Players interacted with the children and patients at the hospital, hoping to raise spirits ahead of Christmas.

“Christmas time can be tough for kids, especially if they’re not very well, so our aim is to get out, engage with the community and hopefully bring some Christmas cheer to the children," said Wales international Jenkins.

“I think I got on the wrong side of some paint! Me, Josh and Ben were having a bit of a play around with some paint with Kayden, and it was great to have a bit of fun with the kids - even if it did get messy at the end!

“It was really good fun.

“It’s a really amazing place. The staff are brilliant. They’re all happy and upbeat and they provide brilliant care for the kids.

“You can see from the way the kids interact with the staff that they love them as well.

“This place provides a bit of a break and a bit of fun and the care they provide is brilliant."

The Dragons have been visiting various worthy causes this week, with Cory Hill, Ollie Griffiths, Aaron Jarvis and Aaron Wainwright among those delivering donations 'Help The Homeless Newport' on Monday.

Dragons players pay a Christmas visit to St David's Hospice, Newport

The organisation supports the homeless and vulnerable across the Newport area throughout the year.

Elsewhere, Leon Brown, Taine Basham, Lewis Evans and Ashton Hewitt were among a number of first-teamers who paid a visit to Food Bank Newport, run by Raven House Trust.

They are a Christian charity who help people with food, furniture and other household goods regardless of religion.

Elliot Dee, Tavis Knoyle and Tyler Morgan were among those who visited the St David's Hospice Care to meet staff and those currently under their care.

The hospice provides free palliative care to 2,000 people across Caerphilly, Monmouthsire, Newport, Torfaen and further afield.

In keeping with their tradition, the Ospreys paid visits to the children's wards at Morriston Hospital and in Swansea and the Princess of Wales in Bridgend.

Ospreys players during a visit to the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend

Father Christmas was also in attendance and the region also made £250 donations to both wards.

Ospreys flanker Sam Cross said: “Nobody wants to spend time in hospital, particularly around Christmas, so if our visits can help to put a smile on the children’s faces, not to mention their families and the staff working hard on the ward all year round, then we are delighted to be able visit.

“We are fortunate enough to be asked to help out on so many different initiatives, but this is one that always makes a big impact on the boys, so a big thank you to Morganstone and Westacres for inviting us along.”

Scarlets great Phil Bennett was on hand to help out as the region hit the road this week to drop off donations to a local food bank.

The region, in association with sponsor BT, have also been encouraging people to donate at drop-off locations in Swansea, Merthyr and various points in Llanelli.

Another sponsor, Owens Group, offered up a lorry to travel around Llanelli to collect the donations.

Scarlets employees and members of the Crys 16 Supporters Trust were on hand to deliver the donations to Myrtle House Food Bank.

Tickets were also donated to those less fortunate.

A number of players, including Leigh Halfpenny, Samson Lee, Ryan Elias and Wyn Jones all donned their Christmas jumpers for the region's children's party at Parc y Scarlets.

Scarlets players Ryan Elias and Wyn Jones after after attempting a world record cracker pull

It was part of the region's link-up with Tŷ Hafan as they look to raise awareness and funds so that they can maintain their service.

Players and staff took part in an attempt to set a world record to pull 20 crackers in the fastest possible time.

There will also be donation buckets at Parc y Scarlets to raise funds for Tŷ Hafan when the Ospreys pay a visit on Boxing Day.

Both the Cardiff Blues and Scarlets were supporting Tŷ Hafan's refurbishment appeal to raise £1.5 million in the new year. Donations this Christmas can be made via tyhafan.org/fitforfuture