A Yorkshire shopping centre’s Santa experience has delivered one more gift for a children’s hospice after raising a record amount of cash.
Trinity Walk’s famous free Santa’s grotto has been raising money through voluntary visitor donations since 2015 for West Yorkshire charity, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
And thanks to thousands of visitors and their contributions during November and December, the Wakefield shopping centre managed to raise £4,121 for the hospice.
The centre’s Santa, who regularly receives rave reviews on social media, is a key draw for shoppers during the busy festive season – attracting new visitors as well as families who return year after year.
Lucy Grice, Trinity Walk’s marketing manager, said: “We are blown away by the generosity of our shoppers this Christmas and want to thank each and every one of them. We know our Santa is amazing and the experience improves every year, but it has always been important to us that the visits remain free. We just give people the opportunity to donate whatever they can each visit, so to raise so much in around six weeks is incredible.”
Ryan Grint, Regional Fundraiser at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, added: “This is the fifth year of Trinity Walk supporting Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice with their fantastic Santa’s grotto. This year they have raised over £4,000 meaning the total amount raised across the past five years is an incredible £15,000!
“We would like to say a big thank you to Trinity Walk for their fantastic festive support, to everyone who visited Santa this year and kindly gave a donation and to our wonderful volunteers who supported Santa and helped to spread the Christmas joy.”
The hospice covers Wakefield and is based in Huddersfield, with demand seeing them support families from right across West Yorkshire.
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