Festive donation to the maternity unit

A kind-hearted Montrose man donned on his Santa hat and costume this Christmas and raised £1,500 for the town’s maternity unit.

A caring man from the town, who wishes to remain anonymous, turned into Santa Claus in Montrose over the holidays for the second year in a row to bring some festive cheer to the burgh.

In November, Santa dropped his special postbox off at the Not Just 4 Kidz shop, in George St, where children could write a letter to Santa telling him what they would like to see in their stockings on Christmas Day, and send it off to the North Pole.

Every letter sent received a personal reply from Santa and all the money raised from the special postbox was donated to Montrose Maternity Unit at Montrose Royal Infirmary, on Bridge Street, on Christmas Day by the man himself.

He said he chose the maternity unit because a lot of townsfolk suggested it was a great local cause to raise funds for. He added: “A lot of the children who came to see me were born at the maternity unit.

“I started Santa in Montrose last year and raised £600 for Dorward House care home and this year it has been even more popular and I’ve raised more than double what I did last year.”

In December, Santa made a number of personal appearances at various parties throughout the Montrose and district area, including visits to children’s nurseries, care homes, the Borrowfield Bonanza where he handed out gifts in his grotto to youngsters and the Montrose Emergency Services Group (MESG) children’s party.

Santa’s last duty of the year was to visit some lucky children at home, including visits on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. He said: “When I was a little boy I always wanted Santa to come visit me at my house and I wanted to do that for the community and raise some money for local causes along the way.”