Volunteer elves in Hunslet Moor braved heaving rain last Sunday (13 December 2020) to help Father Christmas deliver gift hampers to 124 children around the Longroyds and Garnets neighbourhoods.
The project was the brainchild of members of the Friends of Hunslet Moor, to inject some Christmas cheer and spirit into the community, at the end of this strange and difficult year. The team – all dressed in festive outfits – hit the streets with a heavy-laden trolley, visiting scores of local families, and raising a lot of smiles.
Brenda Barlow (chair of the Friends group) said:
“Today was so special. Four and a half hours in the pouring rain, but worth every minute.”
Badger Nimahson commented:
“Seeing all the excited children was magical, and all the wonderful feedback is humbling: it’s been an amazing day.”
And Sam Gilmore added:
“Absolutely loved being part of this: when a community pulls together, fantastic things can be achieved.”
Before heading off to his next engagement, Father Christmas added:
“What a way to start the Christmas countdown. This community has hit a bit of a slump these last years, but today we brought some much-needed Christmas cheer and spirit, we made dreams come true. We have a community that cares, and wants the local children to be happy and joyful. I’m sure I’ll be back next year: merry Christmas!”
The organisers wish to thank Tesco Express, Hunslet Morrison’s, Lush at White Rose, Ubisoft, all the residents of St Peter’s Court, the three Hunslet & Riverside ward councillors, Leeds Green Party – and all who contributed, donated, and helped make the project happen. The team are now working towards an Easter Egg hunt on the moor, with the Easter Bunny already booked to attend.
The Friends of Hunslet Moor coordinate year-round local work and events, including litter picks; for full information, check out out on Facebook here.