This year we really do need good cheer and Swindon Town Centre are doing their bit to help buck up our spirits by organising a five week series of events to keep shoppers in good cheer as we get closer to the festive season.
To get things going town centre managers inSwindon and The Brunel gave youngsters from Westlea Primary School an exclusive preview of Santa’s Grotto. It opens on 18 November and will be raising money for Goldenhar Family Support Group UK.
Goldenhar Syndrome is a rare condition with no known cause, which usually affects one side of the body and can give the sufferer problems with breathing and hearing, as well as producing pains in the ribs and vertebrae.
On Tuesday 8 November, Dr Chris Steele from ITV1’s This Morning, travelled to Swindon from the studio to introduce the excited reception children from Westlea Primary School to Santa. One of the children who started school in September is Morgan Sharpe, who suffers from a severe form of Goldenhar.
Morgan previously met Dr Chris in February 2009 when his family appeared on This Morning with Philip Schofield and Fern Britton. He has since become patron of Goldenhar.
Simon Jackson, CEO of inSwindon said, “Santa’s Grotto is always a great success and this year, The Brunel and inSwindon wanted to share it with a charity. Morgan and his family have gone through a lot over the years and hopefully Santa’s Grotto will create a great deal more awareness of Goldenhar Family Support Group UK and Swindon’s support to other families across the UK.”