2020 has been a difficult year for all of us with little to bring us joy or make us smile. Our team were determined to make sure local children had something to smile about this Christmas and went about setting up a special Santa postbox where children could write a letter to Santa, get a personalised reply AND a socially distanced visit from Santa in his mobile Christmas grotto.

Our special Christmas elves got to work preparing special treats for the children and preparing the grotto. Visits began on Monday 14th December and took place every night until Friday 18th December bringing happiness to lots of children and their families.

                                                    

We were overwhelmed by the feedback from families who loved the visits and were amazed that Santa received over 200 letters. Thanks too goes to Capita who provided some special snowman soup packs which contained, hot chocolate, marshmallows, candy canes and a festive toy. 

We have also been working with Equal Arts on a heritage project called Celebrating Meadowwell. As part of this project we worked with The Singing Hinnies who went out and about in the area to sing to residents in a safe, socially distanced way. It has been another way to bring smiles and hope to the area as The Singing Hinnies were in great voice despite the terrible weather.

                    

We've also been running a 'Donate or Nominate' campaign to provide Christmas Cheer packs to families and individuals who need a little extra help at this time. We received so many donations and have been able to deliver over 150 personalised packs to residents, thanks again to Capita and Engie whose staff volunteered to deliver the packs across the area.

             

We're planning more fun and supportive activities in 2021 and are looking forward to working positively with local people to bring more smiles in these difficult times.