FATHER Christmas has paid an early visit to Preston to ask for little helpers to run his grotto.
Volunteers are being urged to help collect gifts or wrap presents during the St George’s Centre festivities.
The grotto, run by Galloway’s Society for the Blind, will open on Noemeber 14 and the charity is calling for help and donations.
Emma Russ, senior fundraiser at Galloway’s, said: “Over the last two years, our Christmas fundraising in St George’s has raised a phenomenal £25,000 but it takes a lot of volunteers to help make it possible. It’s fantastic to help make Christmas so magical for local children but we simply can’t do it without volunteers.
“There are lots of different ways in which people can help whether that is collecting, gift wrapping or helping the big guy himself in the grotto.”
The grotto, which is open on most days throughout December, is free for children to visit, with a donation to Galloway’s suggested.
Andrew Stringer, general manager at St George’s Shopping Centre, said: “This Christmas visitors to St George’s can expect a fantastic winter wonderland themed grotto, free gift wrapping service and exciting decorations.
“Galloway’s does a great job in operating the grotto and while it is free to enter we would encourage visitors to dig deep and donate to the charity.
“The money raised can make a huge difference to local people living with sight loss.
“We are delighted to be supporting the charity again this year and look forward to welcoming families from across Preston and beyond to enjoy our festive activities.”
Father Christmas added: “The days in the grotto are wonderful and seeing so many families happy after visiting is what it’s all about.
“But I simply can’t do it without help so please do get in touch with Galloway’s if you’re interested – even if you can only help two hours a week – it will make a huge difference. Ho Ho Ho.”
n To find out about being Father Christmas’ helper, or any other volunteering opportunities at St George’s over Christmas, contact Emma Russ on 01772 744148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.