Joy at charity donation

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AFTER wrapping hundreds of presents, rallying volunteers and transforming her home into a winter wonderland, Julie Scarborough’s fundraising has paid off.

The grandmother, from The Crest, Widley, opens her home to families every December, to allow them to meet Father Christmas in his grotto.

This year she was raising money for Naomi House Children’s Hospice and was able to donate £1,400 to the charity, based near Winchester.

Julie said: ‘I’m so pleased to have raised so much.

‘A very kind gentleman called John Whittaker from the Winton Players heard what we were raising money for and came down to give us a cheque for £200, which was wonderful.

‘It is hard work and I can be up wrapping presents until the early hours of the morning but it is worth it to be able to help a charity such as Naomi House.’