Santa’s friends lend an antler to appeal

Give a Little-Help a Lot fundraising, at Matcham's Court, Blackpool. Rita Leah gets a smacker from a reindeer.
Give a Little-Help a Lot fundraising, at Matcham's Court, Blackpool. Rita Leah gets a smacker from a reindeer.
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So that’s what a reindeer kiss feels like!

Shoppers have been cuddling up to Santa’s best friends – and it’s all in aid of ensuring others are smiling this Christmas.

Give a Little Help a Lot'logo

Give a Little Help a Lot'logo

Reindeer kisses and cuddles have raked in more than £1,000 for The Gazette and Blackpool Council’s “Give a Little – Help a Lot” campaign, and organisers are delighted by how generous Blackpool’s residents have been.

Blackpool’s Business Improvement District team are responsible for bringing the reindeers to town, and manager Eileen Ormand said: “I’m over the moon with how much money we’ve collected.

“I had no idea we would do so well, the people of Blackpool have been really generous. Even last weekend when the weather was dreadful we didn’t do too badly.

“Visiting the reindeer is free but people are happy to give money towards this.”

The campaign is encouraging people to donate Christmas gifts, non-perishable foods and cash to ensure less fortunate children are able to enjoy an extra-special Christmas this year.

Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s deputy leader, said: “The Santa and reindeer event is completely free treat for people when they are in town doing their shopping.

“I took my granddaughter last week. It’s a lovely festive treat.

“The BID team has been kind enough to collect money for the campaign and people have been very generous.

“The collections have already raised more than £1,000 and there are still two to go.”

The reindeers will be out and about again in Blackpool town centre the next two Sundays, between 11am and 4pm.

They will be taking Father Christmas around the town but, if the weather’s bad, they will be on Matcham’s Court behind the Grand Theatre.

>> Donations towards the campaign can be made at the council offices at Corporation Street, Progress House on Clifton Road, Lee House on Plymouth Road, the Solaris Centre on New South Promenade, the Enterprise Centre on Lytham Road, and at The Gazette offices on Avroe Crescent.


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