This December, the magical stage show Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure comes to Swindon Arts Centre and the cast have been helping to bring joy to some of Swindon’s most deserving children.
The Wyvern Theatre and Arts Centre has teamed up with local children’s charity Hop Skip and Jump to launch a special Christmas Advent Calendar drive. The donated Advent Calendars were presented to boys and girls from the Hop, Skip and Jump Children’s Centre, Ridge Green by Santa’s Elves when they made a special appearance on Friday 27 November.
Hop Skip and Jump provide flexible and immediate respite care for children and young adults. They have four large centres (Bristol, Cheltenham, Swindon and Wigan), providing a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to engage and inspire children with disabilities and special educational needs.
Children and adult users experience a sense of space and freedom within a safe, supervised environment where they are actively encouraged to take part in activities that build self-confidence, social skills and self-esteem. Their high quality care provides parents and carers with some much needed respite: time to rest; spend time with their other children; or simply go for a coffee with friends.
Hop Skip and Jump’s simple vision is to prevent family collapse, to encourage and promote the development of children with disabilities and special needs, and, most importantly, to provide the highest quality respite care for those who need it most.
Donations came from Wyvern Theatre staff and volunteers, members of the public and from the Swindon Advertiser team who made a very generous contribution.
Marketing Manager at Swindon Theatres, Laura James said: ‘We’re really excited to welcome Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure to the Arts Centre this year, and we wanted to engage with a deserving local charity that would benefit from a visit from Santa’s Elves in the run up to Christmas.
“Hop Skip and Jump provide an invaluable service to local children with disabilities and special needs and their families and it was a real pleasure delivering the Advent calendars to them.”
Read more about Hop Skip and Jump,
Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure will be at Swindon Arts Centre from Saturday 12 to Thursday 24 December. For more information and to book tickets visit swindontheatres.co.uk or telephone the ticket office on 01793 524481.
Pictured top and below, Christmas Elves visiting youngsters at Hop, Skip and Jump