Dorward House delighted with £600 gift from Santa

WE HAVE a personal report from Santa Claus this week - after he boosted the Dorward House Care Home funds by a total of £600 as the result of a lot of hard work.

The money will be used to give residents treats, and will be put into the fund that provides outings, in-house activities, fish and chip teas, and even visits to a pub.

At the beginning of December Santa approached the Co-op store on Basin View to ask if they would allow him to set up his Grotto in the store for two days.

Store manager Martin Hale was only too pleased to help out.

In between organising the elves with their duties at the North Pole, Santa managed to spend six hours each day at his Grotto in the store, meeting a steady stream of children and finding out what they would like in their stockings on Christmas Day.

They were also able to post their own letters in his ‘special post box located outside his Grotto, for which they were guaranteed a personal reply.

Santa’s helpers were also on hand to take bookings for Santa to visit children at home on Christmas Eve or even on Christmas Day prior to him heading back to the North Pole.

This proved very popular.

While out on the home visits, Santa was even seen to stop by random homes in the town to wish gobsmacked families a Merry Christmas!

On Christmas Day Santa was spotted at various locations throughout the town and some children even received a small gift from him.

And his final duty for the year was to head down to Dorward House to give the residents their gifts and present them with a cheque for the proceeds of his work.

Santa concluded: “I’d like to thank both Martin Hale from the Co-op and also everyone who agreed to deliver all my letters free of charge for both this and the Macmillan Cancer Support event which I also attended.”

See you again next year, Santa!