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30th Jun, 2022

Stratford charity organises drive for doorstep present drop and virtual grotto

SANTA’s grotto will be going virtual this year as a Stratford charity finds innovative ways to spread festive cheer Stratford residents.

Creative wellbeing charity Escape Arts is hooking youngsters up with a different kind of meet and greet to their usual ‘Grotto on the Go’ bus which, last year, visited over 1,000 people from families and community groups to hospital patients.

This year, Santa will be doing personal video calls and doorstep present deliveries with the help of his trusty elves.

The charity is joining forces with Stratford Foodbank, StreetARTs and Stratford Babybank with their gift donation drive. The organisations are pooling resources and supporting each other in their collections to help as many people as possible this year.

Escape CEO Karen Williams said: “Stratford has so many people running fantastic initiatives to help people this Christmas. We can do so much more by helping each other to ensure those who need support get it. Our Surprise Santa visits are about making magical memories for those families having a really tough time, it’s a wonderful thing to do and so much more powerful to be working with and supported by the other amazing voluntary organisations. We think together we will make the big man proud.”

Gifts can be donated at points including at Escape Arts in The Old Slaughterhouse off Sheep Street, Tesco in Birmingham Road, and HR Café in Windsor Street. Existing customers of Coventry Building Society can also donate a gift when they do their banking.

Visit localgiving.org/charity/escapearts/project/grotto to donate specific gifts to those in need.

Email info@escapearts.org.uk for more information on the project. which, last year, visited over 1,000 people from families and community groups to hospital patients.

This year, Santa will be doing personal video calls and doorstep present deliveries with the help of his trusty elves.

The charity is joining forces with Stratford Foodbank, StreetARTs and Stratford Babybank with their gift donation drive. The organisations are pooling resources and supporting each other in their collections to help as many people as possible this year.

Escape CEO Karen Williams said: “Stratford has so many people running fantastic initiatives to help people this Christmas. We can do so much more by helping each other to ensure those who need support get it. Our Surprise Santa visits are about making magical memories for those families having a really tough time, it’s a wonderful thing to do and so much more powerful to be working with and supported by the other amazing voluntary organisations. We think together we will make the big man proud.”

Gifts can be donated at points including at Escape Arts in The Old Slaughterhouse off Sheep Street, Tesco in Birmingham Road, and HR Café in Windsor Street. Existing customers of Coventry Building Society can also donate a gift when they do their banking.

Visit localgiving.org/charity/escapearts/project/grotto to donate specific gifts to those in need.

Email info@escapearts.org.uk for more information on the project.

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