Santa’s grotto to run in Preston shopping centre

Posted on - 15th November, 2018 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Kid's stuff, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Galloways Christmas grotto has launched with St George’s

With December just around the corner, a Preston sight loss charity has announced plans for this year’s grotto in the St Georges Centre.


Galloways has teamed up with the centre to make Christmas extra special for youngsters in Preston and raise valuable funds for people living with sight loss.

The grotto will be open to the public from Saturday, November 24 and visitors will be able to meet Father Christmas in return for a donation to the charity.

The gift wrapping service will be open from December 12.

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Last year, well-wishers raised over ten thousand pounds for Galloway’s which in turn helped blind and partially sighted people in the area enjoy a more comfortable Christmas.

CEO of Galloway’s Stuart Clayton said: “The grotto at St George’s Shopping Centre is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. “The generosity of Preston’s shoppers goes a long way towards helping us to support thousands of people living with sight loss.

“If you’re going to Preston to do some shopping please do come and see us – it really does make a difference.

“As a local charity, we rely on your donations to make sure blind and partially sighted people enjoy a great Christmas and get expert help all year round.

“We are so grateful to the management of St George’s who have given us so much support for our grotto and helped us to raise thousands over the years.”

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Andrew Stringer, Centre Manager, added: “We are happy to be supporting Galloway’s once again by providing them with a home for their wonderful Christmas grotto.

“I encourage our shoppers to pay a visit to Santa or have their gifts wrapped at the grotto, as all funds raised will support blind and partially sighted people in the area – it really is a fantastic cause.”

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For more information on how to protect your eyesight or to help support Galloway’s please visit

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