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Father Christmas has descended on Martin House Hospice during a special visit.

Father Christmas has descended on Martin House Hospice during a special visit.

Published at 1:53pm 19th December 2018. (Updated at 3:17pm 19th December 2018)

Father Christmas arrives at Martin House Hospice

  • Children and their friends and family greeted Santa as he stepped off the helicopter
  • He spent the day with them during a special Christmas visit
  • Father Christmas was joined by an elf and Yorkshire Cricket County players

Father Christmas has descended on Martin House Hospice during a special visit.

He arrived by helicopter and met with children and their friends and family.

Father Christmas
Father Christmas leaving Leeds Bradford Airport 

All the children cheered and clapped as Father Christmas arrived. He spoke to Stray FM's Will Smith:

Michael Tatterton, nurse consultant at the hospice, said:

"It's festive central here today. We have got children who use Martin's House and local school and nursery children who were full of excitment to meet Father Christmas.

"The excitment and anticipation of all of the children was just brilliant as they all waited for the helicopter to arrive - seeing it arrive and circle over the hospice was magical."

Steven Patterson, Captain of Yorkshire Cricket Club, was there to support Santa. He said it's been amazing:

"Christmas is all about kids, isn't it? Having kids myself I know what its like to come down and see the children waiting for Santa. The look on their faces when they see he walked through the gates is priceless."

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.