A local family has taken to the streets to spread Christmas cheer and raise funds for St Catherine’s Hospice.Advertisement
This month, Adam Hennings and his family have dressed as Santa and his elves and walked around the streets of Preston, Lea, Ashton-on-Ribble and Fulwood, with Rudolph joining on a motorbike.
Extra helpers joined the group this year following a successful ‘Santa Drive By’ in 2020, and all played Christmas music and collected donations from passersby.
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Adam said: “Last year was a massive success, so we decided to do it all again this year, but we are bigger and better.
“We have more lights, a reindeer on a motorbike and lots of extra helpers, including the children of our helpers.”
This year, the group are raising funds for St Catherine’s Hospice in memory of Adam’s partner’s cousin Rick Foster, who sadly passed away in October.
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Adam and his team plan to walk over four miles, covering as many streets as possible.
The charitable act came to life during the height of the pandemic in 2020, with Adam deciding to cheer up residents after local children were prevented from visiting Santa’s grotto.
Adam said: “We decided at the last minute to organise something that would make the community smile.
“Our life is very different to what we are used to, and I’m not sure what Christmas would be, so we planned a Santa Drive-by.”
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The group will cover local schools, nurseries and businesses and reveal the total raised between Christmas and New Year.
The ‘Santa Drive by’ will continue until Christmas Eve.
To donate, visit – https://www.gofundme.com/f/santa-drive-by-preston
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