09 Dec It’s Christmas as you like it, kids
THE families of two disabled children supported by The Chronicle Sunshine Fund enjoyed festive cheer at Santa’s Grotto.
The special invite came from restaurant As you Like It, in Jesmond, with the guests meeting Father Christmas.
Sunday’s event was part of the charity’s ongoing December fund-raising drive, aimed at bringing in £40,000 to buy much-needed specialised equipment for children with disabilities.
Julieanne Kelly, Sunshine Fund office manager, said: “We would like to thank As You Like It for their continued support this year and for asking families along to the Santa Grotto.
“We all had such a lovely day – it really was magical!
“The children loved meeting Santa and it was great that our families could get together for the afternoon.
Donna Gibb, from the venue, added: “We are delighted that for the fourth year running we could support the Sunshine Fund with our Santa’s Magical Grotto.
“The Sunshine Fund are truly an amazing charity, and as always we are honoured to be working alongside them.”
One of the young VIPs was 15-month-old Amelia-Rose Robinson, who has dysplasia of the hips – a deformity in the joint which means her leg can become dislocated.
The Sunshine Fund bought the Jarrow tot a car seat to help her and mum Kirsty get around when sisters, Letisha, 11, Sophie, nine, and Madison, seven, are all at school. Kirsty, a 29-year-old optical assistant, said: “Amelia-Rose had a great time and so did her sisters.
“She particularly enjoyed the chocolate she was given.
“It was lovely to be invited and we it was fantastic for all the family.”
Amelia-Rose needed two operations to try and correct the hip and will need treatment until she is 14. It is not known if she will ever be able to walk properly.
To support children with disabilities in the North East, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 2016090.
As You Like It are running Santa’s Grotto until Christmas. Visit asyoulikeitjesmond.com for more details.