Date: Thursday 22 December 2016
A fundraising Santa’s Grotto in Shropshire has received a helping hand from our Midlands business unit to help make it snow over the festive season.
Our team, which is currently building high-quality homes at our Burlington Fields development in Shifnal, donated £600 to Lakeside Plant Centre in nearby Priorslee to fund two snowfall machines for the annual charity grotto.
The grotto is open throughout December to raise funds for charity, with money from this year’s event being donated to Help for Heroes and Lakeside Animal Park in Telford.
This will be the second year in a row that we have sponsored the grotto, with a donation of £500 last year which funded two life-size reindeers.
Kevin Turley, a consultant at Lakeside Plant Centre and one of the grotto event’s organisers, says: “The response we had last year was phenomenal. We had around 1,500 children visit the grotto, and raised an incredible £8,000 for Severn Hospice in Telford.
“The charity is nominated each year by our Santa, who has chosen to support Help for Heroes – which is a fantastic cause, so hopefully we can have another cracking year!”
Each year the grotto takes on a different theme, with last year’s being the Wizard of Oz.
“The theme tells a story as the visitors walk around the grotto,” adds Kevin. “This year it’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We have huge candy canes hanging from Christmas trees and a chocolate waterfall with a plastic pipe to the side which will allow the children to pretend to be Augustus Gloop and have their picture taken.”
This year will be the 10th year the grotto has been running. It opened on Saturday 3rd December and will be open to the public during lead-up to Christmas. Tickets will cost £5 per child including a gift and a photograph.
Kevin continues: “It’s fantastic to have the support from Taylor Wimpey again this year. It means that we can do something bigger and bolder than previous years – like make it snow inside! Thanks to their donation we are able to deliver more to our visitors which I think has definitely helped with the grotto’s growing success.”
There’s currently a range of three, four and five bedroom properties at Burlington Fields.