Despite the wet and windy weather, the children of Thruxton and surrounding villages still managed to meet with Father Christmas over the weekend and have some outdoor fun.
Whilst the weather meant that the Covid-compliant event had to be scaled down the children still had fun guessing the number of sweets in the jar as well as guessing where the Teddies were hiding.
Then they had the chance to meet the big man himself – from a social distance – and he had even bought his sleigh and reindeers with him for them to test drive.
Through the magic of Christmas, even some snow miraculously appeared which the kids loved. Thanks to the generosity of the residents at the Xmas raffle and also the amazing team at Londis in Weyhill all of the 50 children went home armed with goodies to enjoy over the festive period.
Event organiser Richard Smart who has worked tirelessly supporting local people and organisations this year said, “Went it started to hail at 2pm I was having serious doubts if Mr Claus would make it.”
Thruxton resident Richard has been instrumental in helping raise over £16,000 for local causes since the first national lockdown.
Richard told us, “The amazing team of Liz and Vikki Cosgrove, Heather Bourner, Josh Harris and Sammie Robbins rallied round to provide shelter for the Reindeer and the children. The children as always were amazing and it was great to see so them so happy.
“Thanks so much to the volunteers for persevering and making this happen”.