Santa Claus spreads cheer across Angus

Santa Claus and Mrs Claus donating �1000 to Down Right Fun on Christmas Day

Santa Claus and Mrs Claus donating �1000 to Down Right Fun on Christmas Day

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A little girl in Angus who was alone on Christmas Day received a special visit from Santa Claus.

Santa Claus in Montrose was fully booked on December 25, spreading festive cheer and donating a surprise gift of £1000 to Down Right Fun, a support group for families with children who have Down Syndrome, and Montrose Day Care Centre.

Santa donating �1000 to Irene Mitchell, manager of Montrose Day Care Centre

Santa donating �1000 to Irene Mitchell, manager of Montrose Day Care Centre

This is the fifth year he has visited homes across the area,donating money on Christmas Day to local causes.

He said: “Our first destination was Arbroath, to surprise a young girl who we learned would be all alone on Christmas Day. Mrs Claus organised some gifts which brought a smile to her face.

“Then it was off to Lunan, Laurencekirk and back into Montrose to visit several families, including the two unsuspecting beneficiaries of my fundraising.”

Santa then visited Julie Davidson, of Down Right Fun.

“I have been visiting the Down Right Fun groups annual Christmas Party for the last three years and every year the numbers have grown. It’s always a pleasure to go there, and I felt they were a worthy cause to donate to. If my donation gets the children a day out, or indeed if it can benefit their group in any way, then it’s worthwhile,” he said.

The second visit was to Irene Mitchell, manager of Montrose Day Care Centre, with whom Santa spent the last few months making discreet enquiries as to where he could find her on Christmas Day.

“I hope that my donation will benefit the many service users of the facility,” he said.

The money raised came from Santa’s grotto at the Christmas Spectacular, letters to him, home visits and donations.He also visited the community meal at the YM in Montrose on Christmas Day.