Mercia Marina, Derbyshire’s destination marina was once again the go-to for Santa and his special marina grotto this year. Over the weekends in December leading up to Christmas, children could visit the grotto free of charge to see Santa and his elves, post a letter to the big man himself, and even receive a present. Visitors were sleighed with the surprise of seeing Santa at a marina and children couldn’t hide their excitement.
With the cost-of-living crisis and so much woe in the world it seems only fitting that a little bit of Christmas cheer is scattered around so that all can enjoy this special time of year. With a big smile in the rain and cold, Santa greeted every child and family that came to see him and gave out a free gifts to the excited children as well as answering some tricky Christmas list questions. This was all free of charge with free parking and no need to book. In return, all that was asked was a donation to South Derbyshire CVS’ Winter Giving Campaign, and the marina were thrilled to hand over £500 to the cause through donations.
Due to the dire economy and rising food prices, food banks are seeing an unprecedented increase in need.
South Derbyshire CVS Food Hub strives to make sure that no one has to go hungry. CVS offer a service where the individual is central, ensuring that their clients physical and mental wellbeing are equally safeguarded. By creating a warm, welcoming environment and a space for healthy conversations, CVS endeavour to reduce the stigma attached to people accessing a Food Bank.
Liz Gumbley Community Group Network Manager said:
“We are so very grateful for all the donations raised by Santa’s Grotto at Mercia Marina this year. The needs are greater than ever with so many more people than ever accessing food banks. This is such a help as numbers are only going to increase”.