Can you be Santa's body double to support Galloway's Grotto at Preston shopping centre?

Santa with Chief Elf Charlotte at last year's launch of Galloway's Santa's grotto at St George's Centre, with manager Andrew Stringer
Santa with Chief Elf Charlotte at last year's launch of Galloway's Santa's grotto at St George's Centre, with manager Andrew Stringer
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The hunt is on to find Preston’s next generation of Santa body doubles to spread festive cheer on behalf of Galloway’s Society for the Blind.

Jolly Santa-types are being asked to volunteer for Galloway’s at its grotto at St George’s Shopping Centre.

Fund-raising and communications manager Emma Russ said: “This year’s appeal is more urgent than ever.

“In the past we have been lucky to attract lots of brilliant volunteers but unfortunately our pool of Santa body doubles has dwindled to just three.

“We would appreciate any offers from would-be Santa body doubles, Christmas elves or gift wrappers to help during this busy time.

“No experience is necessary and full training and costumes will be provided.

“The run-up to Christmas is one of our busiest times and last year volunteers at the grotto helped us to raise more than £10,000 for the charity."

Read more: St George's Shopping Centre in Preston raises thousands for Galloway's Society for the Blind and Can you volunteer as an elf for Galloway's Christmas grotto in Preston?

The grotto opens each weekend from Saturday, November 23 until December 9 and then every day until December 24.

Santa body double, Wilfrid Holden, 73, said: “I’ve volunteered for the last six years at the grotto and it’s a wonderful experience.

“To see the look of wonder on children’s faces is heartwarming.

“But it’s not just children who come, we also get the occasional student and even grownups who want a selfie with Santa to keep the magic of Christmas alive.

“Galloway’s is a great charity and it’s lovely to do something to help people with sight loss.

“I’d really recommend the experience to others. It’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.”

The grotto is free to enter but Galloway’s greatly appreciate donations to help support the charity.

To find out more and volunteer your time this Christmas contact Emma Russ at Galloway’s at emma.russ@galloways.org.uk.