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Santas grotto in St Georges Shopping Centre could help charity raise cash

Posted on - 12th December, 2015 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Christmas, City Centre, Events, Preston City Centre
Emma Russ and Santa at the St Georges grotto

Emma Russ and Santa at the St Georges grotto

Visiting Santa in his grotto at a Preston shopping centre could help a charity receive extra funding.

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St George’s Shopping Centre has pledged to donate £500 to Galloway’s Society of the Blind, based in Preston, if 2,200 or more children visit the grotto.

Emma Russ, senior fundraiser at Galloway’s, said: “As a charity, we need to raise £1million this year alone to continue supporting local blind and partially sighted people, giving them the same opportunities that the sighted world can often take for granted.

“The grotto at St George’s is an absolutely wonderful opportunity for Galloway’s and raises thousands of pounds every year, so far we’ve been delighted with how many people have visited but we’d love to see even more in the coming weeks.”

Last year 2,034 children visited the grotto.

General manager of St George’s Shopping Centre, Andrew Stringer, said: “Galloway’s does an excellent job in running the grotto, which has become a firm fixture in our events calendar over the past few years.

“While the grotto is free to enter and volunteers are giving up their time to man it we always ask our shoppers to dig deep and support the cause. With that in mind we will be topping up the total raised by £500 if we reach this record breaking attendance figure.”

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