Our free outdoor Santa’s grotto experience helped a children’s hospice raise more than £3,000 thanks to you - our shoppers.
Trinity Walk’s famous Santa attracted thousands of families this year and thanks to the generosity of visitors, £3,161 was raised for charity Forget Me Not – double the 2020 figure. It’s taken the total raised for the charity by our shopping centre since 2015 to around £24,000.
The covered, open air event space proved to be our centre’s busiest grotto ever this year despite the ongoing pandemic, with families from across West Yorkshire visiting and donating to Huddersfield-based children’s hospice in the process.
The hospice, which supports children and families across Wakefield and West Yorkshire, has been our Christmas charity partner since 2015.
And Trinity Walk’s Santa experience received rave reviews again this year from visitors.
Lucy Grice, Trinity Walk’s Marketing Manager, said: “We’ve been blown away by both the amazing comments we’ve received and the amount of money visitors have donated while visiting. Our Santa is one of the jewels in our crown and the fact he’s so authentic is matched only by his memory as so many families love the fact he remembers the kids.
“The money raised goes directly to Forget Me Not who do incredible work across West Yorkshire at a time when families need them most. So anything we can do to give them a helping hand is a pleasure and a privilege for us.”
Georgia Lane of Forget Me Not added: “For years Trinity Walk and the amazing shoppers there have helped us raise truly vital funds to continue and expand on the work we do here at the hospice.
“Every single penny counts, so we want to thank everyone who has ever donated from the bottom of our hearts. It’s a perfect match between our charity, Trinity Walk and Santa and we’re delighted it has safely continued despite the pandemic.”
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Notes to editors:
Comments from visitors included:
“I’ve spent a fortune on various Santa trips over the years and this Santa is by far the best we’ve ever visited.”
“Best Santa we've ever seen amazing had time for all the kids didn't rush them away! Amazing.”
“Would highly recommend going! The best Santa I think we've ever met! So welcoming and friendly And all donations go to a good cause. Amazing job! Merry Christmas.”
“Would highly recommend going! The best Santa I think we've ever met! So welcoming and friendly. And all donations go to a good cause. Amazing job! Merry Christmas.”
“We say exactly the same he's definitely magical my kids love him in fact we all do.”
“It was amazing and my 3 children loved it and the Santa was brilliant xx”
“Best Santa ever my babies loved seeing him.”