Santa makes appearance at Stumer Nurseries Garden Centre

Santa has loaded all his presents onto his sleigh and left his grotto at Sturmer Nurseries Garden Centre to prepare for a busy Christmas Night. Santa and his elves welcomed 628 children over three weekends in his grotto at Sturmer Nurseries, with funds raised by the Haverhill Lions Club.

Haverhill Lions president David Goodwin said: “Thank you to all the boys and girls who came to see Santa. You have all got Official Nice List certificates, so Santa should be bringing lots of presents to you at Christmas.

“The children also received a bag of Christmas Eve essentials, so don’t forget to leave out the reindeer food and magic key for Santa!”

David said that the grotto has raised over £3,000 for charity via the Haverhill Lions Club.

“This year Haverhill Lions have already made donations to Haverhill Ultrasound Scanner Project, Haverhill food bank (Reach), Haverhill Salvation Army, St Nicholas Hospice Care and Macmillan Cancer Support and also assisted Marie Curie and Diabetes UK with their collections in Haverhill,” he said. “The money raised at the grotto will make a real difference locally.”

Sturmer Nurseries boss Robert Mason added: “The Lions did a fantastic job with the grotto, creating a really magical experience for the children. It was great to see so many smiling faces.”

Haverhill Lions also took Santa and his sleigh to Tesco where they raised £440.75 by bucket donations.

David added that the Lions Club was always happy to welcome new members. He said: “It’s a great way to make a difference to your local community while having fun at the same time.”