WATCH: Santa joins youngsters on magical journey

WATCH: Santa joins youngsters on magical journey

Published at 4:08pm 8th December 2016. (Updated at 4:26pm 8th December 2016)

Some of Yorkshire's poorly children have enjoyed a special flight before Christmas.

More than 150 youngsters, their parents and carers joined the 'Search for Santa' from Leeds Bradford Airport.

Before they jetted off, there was a party in the Yorkshire Premier Lounge which featured food, face painters and a magician.

Airport staff even dressed up in costumes to make sure there was plenty of Christmas spirit throughout the day.

Once in the air, the flight soared high above Yorkshire, during which time Santa hopped aboard and joined everyone for a festive a sing-a-long.

When they touched down, gifts were handed out to the children, who also had a photo with Santa before heading home.

See the 'Search for Santa':


Kayley Worsley, PR and Public Affairs Manager at Leeds Bradford Airport, said: "Today has been a tremendous success; we're really pleased to have once again hosted this lovely day with Monarch to help create special memories for children and their families facing incredibly tough times.

"At LBA, we are focused upon providing the very best opportunities for travel and supporting our community members with a range of exciting activities.

"It has been such a fun day and we hope that everyone has really enjoyed their 'Search for Santa' flight. The children and their families are incredibly courageous and it's such a pleasure to welcome them all to LBA."

Pauline Prow, Chair of the Monarch Foundation, added: "We are delighted to be working with Leeds Bradford Airport again this year on the 'Search for Santa' flight that helps make Christmas extra special for remarkable children and their families.

"Our teams on the ground and in the air have loved making it a day to remember for everyone, including those families from our Monarch Foundation charities - Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support and Blind Veterans UK. The children really are an inspiration to all the Monarch teams involved."

The other charities and organisations taking part were Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Martin House Children's Hospice, Multiflight and guests from Children's Heart Surgery Fund and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Reuben's Retreat, One In A Million, Cancer Research UK, Bradford City FC and invited guests from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Photos from the 'Search for Santa':