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Lions presented with cash raised at Santa's Grotto

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 03, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • From the back left: Leek Lions President Les Critchlow, Lynda Demaid-Jones and John Demaid-Jones. At the front: P&Tcommercial manager Angela Wynne, Santa, and Jacky Smith, P&T account executive.

  • From the rear left, Leek Lions President Les Critchlow, Lynda Demaid-Jones and John Demaid-Jones. At the front are Post & Times commercial manager Angela Wynne, Santa, and Jacky Smith, Post & Times account executive.

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A COMMUNITY fund-raising group has been donated cash made from a special Santa's Grotto at the Post & Times.

The Lions Club of Leek has been presented with £159 by staff at the Leek Post & Times office.

The cash was raised at the Santa's Grotto hosted at The Smithfield Centre offices on November 15.

More than 100 children visited the Post & Times office to meet Father Christmas during the town's Christmas Lights Switch On Event.

After joining a lantern parade through the town, and then helping to switch on the town's festive illuminations, Santa made himself comfy in his special grotto.

Children were invited to come and say hello to Santa and tell him what they would like for Christmas.

The first 100 youngsters were also given a goody bag which included a chocolate selection box and an Andrex Puppy cuddly toy.

Parents paid £1.50 for their child to see Santa.

The proceeds have now been donated to the Leek Lions Club.

Children also had the chance to have their photograph taken with Father Christmas.

This year, Santa was transported to the Post & Times in a sleigh led by real reindeer, which had been organised by the Leek Town Council Events Committee.

Angela Wynne, commercial manager at the Post & Times, said: "Santa's helpers from the Leek Post & Times were delighted that so many children were able to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas.

"The queue to see him went all the way to the bottom of the Smithfield Centre and we were delighted that he was able to stay and listen to all the requests."

Leek Lions member Lynda Demaid-Jones said: "We are very grateful for this donation. It will be used towards the Christmas boxes which we send out to local people who are less fortunate."

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