Santa’s Grotto raises over £20,000 for the hospice

Bringing Christmas cheer at Marldon Christmas Tree Farm

Throughout December, Marldon Christmas Tree Farm kindly allowed Rowcroft Hospice to take over its Santa’s Grotto to raise vital funds for the hospice. Volunteers and Rowcroft staff came together to create Christmas magic at the enchanting setting at Marldon, and in total over £20,000 was raised to care for patients with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, across south Devon.

One volunteer, Rhodri Davey, Managing Partner at Kitsons Solicitors said:

“It’s always a pleasure to be part of this great local charity and I was delighted to volunteer to be a Santa at Marldon Christmas Tree Farm. All the funds raised go directly towards helping local families living with life-limiting illnesses to make the most of every day they have together, sharing precious moments and making unforgettable memories. It was a truly joyous afternoon which really kickstarted my Christmas spirit!”

A spokesperson from Marldon commented:

‘‘As the Christmas season of 22 approached, I was reminded of the deep significance of this time of year. It is the season of giving, of coming together, and reflecting on the things that truly mattering life. I’d like to share the incredible work that was undertaken by the staff and volunteers of Rowcroft Hospice at Marldon Christmas Tree Farm, and to thank you all for your support in our efforts to make a difference in the lives of those in need. As you may know, all proceeds from our Santa’s Grotto event went directly to Rowcroft Hospice, a vital organisation that provides care and support to those who are facing serious illness and the end of life. Through our efforts, we were able to make a real and tangible impact on the lives of those in our community, and we were able to leave a lasting legacy of kindness and compassion. But we could not do this alone. We needed your help. We needed your support. We needed your participation. We needed you to come and visit Santa’s Grotto, to create magical memories with your family, and to be a part of something truly special. Together, we could make a real difference. Together, we could spread the true meaning of Christmas. Together, we could leave a lasting legacy of kindness and compassion.’’

Oliver, parent to five children, said of the grotto:

“The grotto was a truly magical experience; it set the tone for our Christmas. I can’t thank them enough for taking the time to speak with each child and making them feel so important, and knowing that my money went directly to Rowcroft makes it so much more amazing.”

“This event wouldn’t have been such a success without the incredible support of Marldon Christmas tree farm and the volunteers who donned stripy tights, beards and belts to bring the north pole to North pole road Marldon,” said Asenath Colbourne-Laight of Rowcroft Hospice. “Thank you to everyone involved.”

If you would like to volunteer for Rowcroft Hospice, please take a look at our volunteers page and do get in touch. We are currently seeking volunteers to help at our sponsored Big Tackle event on 18 March.  Why not join in the fun!

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