Despite it seemingly ruining every other event this year, Father Christmas is demanding coronavirus doesn’t affect Christmas too much too.
Although he’s got a packed December schedule, Santa Claus is giving up his precious time to record personalised video messages to share special messages with children while helping a Gloucestershire hospice.
A big supporter of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, Father Christmas usually appears at John Lewis & Partners Cheltenham throughout December in his grotto, raising big smiles and vital funds for the hospice charity.
Over the past two years he has helped raise £1,500 for the families needing care of the hospice, meeting and greeting an estimated 300 children and their families.
However, with the Coronavirus pandemic meaning he can’t make his usual appearance the big-hearted red-suited fellow has come up with the idea of recording personalised video messages to bring joy to children virtually instead.
Don’t miss today’s top stories, sign up to our newsletter now.
From big kids to small, Father Christmas is happy to record a personal Christmas message in return for a donation to Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.
Santa said: Because of the Coronavirus pandemic boys and girls have had to adapt their way of staying in touch with friends and family this year, and I have had to as well. I wanted to do something to still spread as much joy as I can to children, as they have been so well behaved despite everything that has been going on.
“That’s why instead of coming to John Lewis & Partners Cheltenham to see them in my grotto I’ll be recording and sending personalised video messages to them instead.”
To arrange for a personalised message for your loved ones click here for more information and make your submission before Sunday, December 13.
With December being such a busy time of year for Father Christmas requests will be fulfilled on a first come first served basis, with a limited number of personal videos available. Be sure to dash over to the website to secure yours.
All videos will be sent by Friday, December 18, just in time for Christmas.
There is no set price for this festive surprise but suggested minimum donation is £10. People are asked to consider donating more if there is more than one recipient.
Father Christmas’s support comes at a crucial time for national healthcare charity Sue Ryder, which runs Leckhampton Court Hospice in Gloucestershire, after it was forced to launch a second urgent fundraising campaign in 2020 in response to the devastating impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had on its funding.