Garden lifestyle store to host santa’s grotto for charity

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HILLMOUNT Cheshire will welcome Santa to their grotto on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December in aid of Warrington & Halton Teaching Hospitals’ Charity.

Santa Claus will be stopping by the recently opened garden lifestyle store to wish customers a Merry Christmas and to hand out gifts to children for a suggested charity donation of £5.

The grotto will be open from 10am-4pm on Saturday 4th and from 12-3pm on Sunday 5th December.

Robin Mercer, managing director of Hillmount Cheshire, said: “As a family owned business, Hillmount recognises how special Christmas is for families everywhere. Since we opened Hillmount Cheshire, the fourth garden centre in our family owned chain earlier this year, we thought it was important to support a locally based children’s charity with funds raised from our in-store Santa’s Grotto.”

Hillmount, a fourth-generation family owned business, is located on Knutsford Road in Latchford. It is the fourth Hillmount store and the first to open in England, at an investment of £1million, after the company started in Northern Ireland more than 80 years ago.

The company has also generously pledged to donate a husky teddy bear to every child on Warrington Hospital’s Children’s Ward this Christmas.

Helen Higginson, fundraising manager at Warrington & Halton Teaching Hospitals’ Charity, expressed her gratitude to the Hillmount staff. She said: “This special event will no doubt bring great joy to customers at Hillmount and to be the chosen charity to benefit from this lovely event means a great deal to us all here at WHH.”

Hillmount Cheshire is also serving as a drop-off point for the charity’s annual Christmas toy appeal, which seeks to provide every child in Warrington and Halton Hospitals with a gift to unwrap at Christmas.

They are currently asking for new, unwrapped toys up to the value of £5 to be taken to one of their drop-off points by Wednesday 22nd December. Drop off points include:

Warrington Hospital Charity Community Hub
Halton Hospital General Office, Runcorn
ASDA Cockhedge Main Entrance, Warrington
Hillmount Cheshire, 280 Knutsford Road, Warrington.

For further information or directions, please email whh.charity@nhs.net or phone 01925 662666.

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