Sprucefield Shopping Centre’s Santa Grotto raises almost £8,000

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

A trip to see Santa Claus boosted the fundraising efforts of Northern Ireland charity, Friends of the Cancer Centre, thanks to a record-breaking collection.

This year, thousands of children visited Santa Claus at Sprucefield Shopping Centre’s free grotto, helping  to raise the highest ever Christmas charity collection at the Centre.  The money raised will help Friends of the Cancer Centre support young patients and families affected by cancer across Northern Ireland. 

 Friends of the Cancer Centre's Corporate Fundraising Manager, Ana Wilkinson said:

“We are overwhelmed by the support from all the shoppers at Sprucefield this year. Thanks  to families making  donations when they visited Santa, Friends of the Cancer Centre is able to support even more local families affected by cancer attending the Cancer Centre this year. Sometimes it’s  little things like activity packs to keep younger children occupied as they are waiting for treatment, or a free cup of tea or coffee for parents, that make a big difference. As well as thanking everyone who donated, we would like to say a huge thank you to the team at Sprucefield Centre for their continued support for the charity and the local community.”


Tim, Honeyford, Centre Manager at Sprucefield Shopping Centre added:

“The generosity of our shoppers has led to the highest amount we have ever raised at Christmas. We are delighted that so much was raised for a charity that does so much for children and families facing cancer. This is what makes our Grotto that little bit more special.”


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