It was definitely the season of goodwill at the Lancashire Evening Post offices when staff got into the festive spirit to boost funds for Derian House Children’s Hospice.
Employees at the newspaper office on Eastway, Fulwood, Preston, turned up for work dressed in seasonal fancy dress costumes ranging from Father Christmas, a Christmas Fairy and Christmas pudding while others donned festive jumpers and sparkly accessories.
One of the highlights for fellow workers was seeing head of content Blaise Tapp turn up for work dressed in a Rudolph onesie.
Those who dressed up paid a £1 donation while those who didn’t paid a “fine” of £2.
Festive fun throughout the day included a prize for the best costume, a Christmas quiz and a raffle of Christmas hampers.
Money was also raised for the cause through a number of raffles, cake sales and sales of specially made “reindeer food”.
Money is still coming in, but the current total stands at £354.69p.
Roya Armstrong, fundraising co-ordinator at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “This is a phenomenal amount of money to raise at this time of year and we want to thank everyone who took part for the time, effort and support they put into making this event such a success.
“Derian House needs to raise £3m to cover its running costs next year and we care for children from all over the North West and offer support to their families.
“We could not do this without the support of the community and we are very grateful to everyone at the Lancashire Evening Post.”
Mike Hill, associate editor at the Lancashire Evening Post, said: “This was a fun, festive event and everyone showed amazing teamwork and enthusiasm for supporting this very worthy cause.
“The Lancashire Evening Post launched a campaign this year to celebrate Derian’s 20th anniversary and we are delighted to have raised this money for the hospice.”