Santa Grotto raises £8,000 for charity

A trip to see Santa Claus boosted the fundraising efforts of Northern Ireland charity, Friends of the Cancer Centre, thanks to a record-breaking collection.

This year, thousands of children visited Santa Claus at Sprucefield Shopping Centre’s free grotto, helping to raise the highest ever Christmas charity collection at the Centre. The funds will help Friends of the Cancer Centre support young patients and families affected by cancer across Northern Ireland.

Speaking at the announcement Ana Wilkinson, Corporate Fundraising Manager, Friends of the Cancer Centre said:

“We are overwhelmed by the support from all the shoppers at Sprucefield this year. Thanks to families making donations when they visited Santa, Friends of the Cancer Centre can support even more local families affected by cancer attending the Cancer Centre this year.

“Sometimes it’s the little things like activity packs to keep younger children occupied as they are waiting for treatment, or a free cup of tea or coffee for parents, that make a big difference. As well as thanking everyone who donated, we would like to say a huge thank you to the team at Sprucefield Centre for their continued support for the charity and the local community.”

Tim, Honeyford, Centre Manager at Sprucefield Shopping Centre added:

“The generosity of our shoppers has led to the highest amount we have ever raised at Christmas. We are delighted that so much was raised for a charity that does so much for children and families facing cancer. This is what makes our Grotto that little bit more special.”

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