Brighten up a child’s Christmas

A LEADING children’s charity is calling on local people and businesses to become ‘Santa’s little helper’ this Christmas by helping to promote its festive fund-raising initiative.

The NSPCC is again running its Letter from Santa campaign which last year raised £1.7 million across the UK and delivered 16,358 letters to children and families in Scotland. This year, the charity hopes to raise even more and is appealing to local people and business owners to help by distributing a leaflets in their local communities, or by requesting a Letter from Santa themselves.

Money raised by Letter from Santa will support the NSPCC’s services for children and young people in Scotland and across the UK, including ChildLine, the confidential and free 24 hour helpline for children and young people.

There are five styles of letters aimed at children of all ages, making them the ideal gift for families with more than one child as each child can receive a unique letter. Santa can even write a special letter to celebrate Baby’s First Christmas – a keepsake to treasure for years to come.

Susie Barron, NSPCC community fund-raising manager for Scotland said: “We’re looking for local people to sign up to become Santa’s Little Helpers and help us spread the word about Letter from Santa. Business owners could help us by displaying leaflets on their premises, while individual helpers could hand them out to friends, relatives and work colleagues.

“You could even distribute them to local businesses like garden centres and coffee shops, anywhere you’d be likely to find people who would love to send a Letter from Santa and support the NSPCC.”

The campaign will run until December 17, and all those who request a Letter from Santa this year will be entered into a free prize draw to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Lapland for a family of four.

Letters can be requested, for a suggested donation of £5, from www.nspcc.org.uk/santa or by calling call 0845 839 9304.