This year we really do need good cheer and Swindon Town Centre will be doing a lot to help buck up our spirits.
For the second year running, inSwindon BID and The Brunel will be providing a five-week long Santa’s Grotto, and are combining to raise 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, will be visiting Swindon to introduce excited reception children from Westlea Primary School to Santa at a private viewing of this year’s Santa’s Grotto.
One of the children who started school in September is Morgan Sharpe, who suffers from a severe form of Goldenhar. His mum, Kerry Holmes said, “I’ve told Morgan about his class visit to see Santa and he is very excited. It will also be a pleasure for us to be meeting with Dr Chris again.”
Morgan previously met Dr Chris when the family appeared on ITV1’s This Morning with Philip Schofield and Fern Britton in February 2009. He has since become patron of the charity and will be travelling straight from the studios to launch the grotto which officially opens to the public from 17 November after the town centre’s Christmas lights are switched on.
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.”
Read about Morgan and Kerry at http://bit.ly/morganmail
Morgan with some of his classmates who will be visiting Santa, with his mum Kerrie, grandfather Alan Holmes and Rebecca Rowland from inSwindon