Ulster Rugby’s Tommy Bowe, Andy Ward of Andy Ward Fitness and Tommy Stevenson of AT Fitness greet Santa at his grotto at the Belfast Continental Christmas Market in the grounds of City Hall.
This year proceeds from the grotto will go to the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity, one of the Lord Mayor’s chosen charities during his year in office. Toys at the grotto have been sourced and wrapped by the CastleCourt branch of Toys’R’Us and the grotto was dressed by Homebase on Belfast’s Boucher Road. Dominic Walsh of Hospital Services also kindly donated £2,500 to help pay for gifts and the running of the grotto. Other companies who have shown their support by making donations to the grotto include Value Cabs, Data Despatch, Laverys, Clubs To Hire and McQuoids Estate Agents.
Jacqueline Wilkinson from the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity said, “We are delighted with the support we have received to help make our Santa’s grotto a magical place for children at the Christmas market. Each of the local businesses who donated money to help with this received tickets to the grotto to the value of their donation. One of the companies also donated their tickets to a local school so that the children could come and visit Santa which was lovely.”
Tickets to the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity Grotto at the Belfast Continental Christmas Market are £5 per child and photographs are also available at £5 each.