Last day of charity Christmas grotto in Widley

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THIS weekend is your last chance to meet Father Christmas and raise money for a children’s hospice at the same time.

Champion fundraiser Julie Scarborough has opened up her home, in Widley, to the public and transformed it into a Christmas grotto complete with human reindeer.

She has been overwhelmed by the number of people who have come along during the past two weekends to meet Father Christmas, tuck into a mince pie and buy some of the goods she has on sale.

After 3.30pm on Saturday everything is half price and Mrs Scarborough is hoping to reach her target for the Naomi House hospice, near Winchester.

She said: ‘People have been very generous and we’re sure we’re going to raise £1,000.’

Entry is £1.50 and everyone gets a present. The grotto is open from 11.30am to 4pm at 9 The Crest, PO7 5DG.