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Father Christmas to arrive at Martin House hospice in a helicopter

Father Christmas to arrive at Martin House hospice in a helicopter

Published at 7:10am 19th December 2018.

Father Christmas ditches Rudolph for a helicopter to visit Martin House Children's Hospice

  • Father Christmas is flying into Martin House hospice in Boston Spa via a helicopter
  • Once landed, he will meet children, young people and their families
  • With the support of his helpers, Father Christmas will give out presents

Children, young people and their families at Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa will have a Christmas to remember today (19 December).

Father Christmas will be ditching Rudolph and his reindeer friends for a helicopter when he flies into the hospice.

The big man in the red suit will be joined by his helpers Yorkshire cricket stars Steven Patterson and Matthew Fisher.

Waiting to greet them at the hospice will be children, parents, family members and hospice staff.

Father Christmas will then spend some time with residents and give out some special Christmas presents.

Clair Holdsworth, Director of Care at Martin House, says:

“Santa arriving in his helicopter is one of the highlights of our Christmas calendar. Many of the children who come to Martin House are too poorly or find it difficult to visit Santa in his grotto, so it is lovely to be able to bring Santa to them in such a special way.

“Santa’s visit to Martin House in a helicopter is a special memory the whole family can treasure, and we want to say a big thank you to everyone involved in making it happen.”

The trip has been made possible thanks to Yorkshire private aviation company Multiflight and online marketing company Infoserve.

Martin House Children's hospice
Martin House Children's hospice

The hospice needs to raise over £8 million annually to run the service, providing community care and also care at its purpose-built hospice in Boston Spa, Wetherby, for children and young people across West, East and North Yorkshire.

Martin House offers family-led care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. It is a place where children, young people and their families can stay from time-to-time along their journey and find support, rest and practical help. Every year the hospice supports more than 420 children and young people and their families and also 150 bereaved families.