Can you step into boots of Father Christmas?

ALL SMILES From left, Bethany Mason, Amy Mason, Father Christmas, Molly Brewer and Daryl Brewe. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133394-455)
ALL SMILES From left, Bethany Mason, Amy Mason, Father Christmas, Molly Brewer and Daryl Brewe. Picture: Allan Hutchings (133394-455)
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

Children in Need: Pub raises money with 12-hour ping pong game

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FATHER Christmas has been delighting children in his grotto – but he needs a helping hand.

A second volunteer Father Christmas is being called upon to step into his big black boots over the last two days before Christmas at the grotto in Waterlooville Library. Elves are also needed for the grotto – which has been a success so far.

Organiser Val Hartridge, from the Waterlooville steering group events committee, said: ‘We get lots of toddlers in the morning while the older children are at school.

‘Then we get another rush at about 4.30pm. They love it here because it’s so Christmassy.’

Volunteers who are free tomorrow and the mornings of December 23 and 24 should email vhartridge@tiscali.co.uk.

Over in Havant the grotto in the Meridian Centre, in West Street, has raised £200 for The Rainbow Centre.

Entry is 50p and every child gets a photo to take away, a Christmas card and some chocolate coins.

All the money raised goes to the Fareham based organisation to help children and young people with cerebral palsy. It is open over the next two weekends.