PROCEEDS from Santa’s grotto in the Grange and Pyramids Shopping Centre in Birkenhead have snowballed to £6,000 in aid of its local children’s hospice.
Generous shoppers helped raise the fantastic amount for Claire House in the busy run up to Christmas.
The final total came to £7,000 after the shopping centre itself donated £1,000 raised by the sale of scrap metal collected from the site.
The Pyramids grotto was also funded by the shopping centre and staffed by volunteers from the hospice so all the money raised could go directly to Claire House.
It was designed as a light and sound winter wonderland to echo the multi-sensory light room at the hospice which literally brightens the lives of youngsters who use it.
Close to 1,500 children visited Santa Claus at the grotto and close to £450 was raised every day.
The £7,000 raised will be put directly into the hospice’s Pay for a Day scheme, which encourages fundraisers to aim towards a £6,500 goal in order to cover the costs of a full 24-hour’s worth of love and care at Claire House.
Derek Millar, Commercial Director for Pyramids Shopping Centre, said: We can’t thank our shoppers enough for helping us raise so much money for Claire House. Their support has been vital to the terrific total raised.
“The shopping centre has also played its part too.
‘‘We had a good clear up of scrap metal around the site before Christmas and we have donated the £1,000 raised by selling this on because we felt it was vital to show our support too.”
The grotto was mostly run by volunteers with the help of staff from Max Spielmann in Birkenhead who captured the moments on camera.
Helen Carlson, Northern Area Fundraising Manager for Claire House, said; “The support we had for the grotto was outstanding; not just from those who came along to see Father Christmas, but from our fantastic volunteers and everyone at the Pyramids.
“The money raised will go such a long way at Claire House, paying for an entire day of care at the hospice. We look forward to celebrating the day the Pyramids choose to pay for with them.”