Children’s charity benefits from Santa’s Spanish City grotto

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More than 100 Whitley Bay youngsters had the opportunity to pass on their wish lists in person last weekend as Santa made an appearance at the Spanish City Dome Christmas Fair.

As well as having the opportunity to meet Santa, the Grotto raised more than £300 for local children’s charity Children North East.

The grotto, organised by Robertson, the infrastructure, support services and construction group, saw more than 100 local children meet Santa Claus in the historic venue.

The team from Robertson was supported by suppliers PlaceOnEarth and Brambledown Landscape Services to turn the dome into a winter wonderland for local children.

In total more than 2000 people attended the Christmas Fayre, organised by Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade. Around 30 local businesses were on hand selling goods and produce ahead of the winter festivities.

Carol Taylor, Senior Fundraiser at Children North East, said: “Children North East is so very grateful to Robertson for their fantastic support once again. The funds generated from Santa’s Grotto are valuable to us and will stay in the region to help and support disadvantaged children and their families this Christmas – it will make a difference to the lives of local children.”

Martin Westgate, business development director for Robertson, said: “This is the third year we’ve created the grotto as part of the Christmas Fayre, and it’s great to see it being supported so strongly by the local community. It really is a team effort and we’re proud to support such a worthwhile cause at this important time of year.”

The Spanish City redevelopment project is a joint venture between Robertson and North Tyneside Council with plans to turn the venue into a mixed-use entertainment and leisure destination.