Leyland Trucks has given St Catherine’s Hospice a ticket to ride by providing the base for a park and ride shuttle bus serving the charity’s Christmas Festival in the hospice grounds.
The firm has offered use of its car park in Croston Road for the festive event, which runs on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7.
Festival goers will be invited to park up in their main car park in Leyland, before catching one of the shuttle buses run by Walton’s Coaches and AVA Travel to the nearby hospice in Lostock Hall.
Here they’ll be able to enjoy a host of attractions including ice rink, stalls, games, craft fair, entertainment and a visit to Santa’s grotto.
The Mill Café will be serving up drinks and sweet treats, while the catering team will be running food stalls selling winter warmers and old favourites including parched peas and roasted chestnuts.
The festival is a huge fund-raiser for St Catherine’s, but parking on site is limited and is prioritised for patients’ visitors.
Santa and Mrs Claus – aka St Catherine’s Hospice senior fund-raisers Norman Cutler and Lynne Whittaker – visited the firm to pass on their thanks and enjoyed looking around some of the vehicles last week.
Lynne said: “Our Christmas Festival offers a real day of festive family fun and we want as many people as possible to come along and enjoy it.
“We rely on having a park and ride system whereby visitors can leave their cars off-site and still get to the venue quickly and easily, so when Leyland Trucks offered to help us we were over the moon.
“It means we can raise as much money as possible to support the specialised care of the hospice at Christmas, and also give lots of people from our local community a great afternoon out.
“We’re extremely grateful to them for showing this wonderful Christmas spirit and ho-ho-hope to see lots of our wonderful supporters at the event!”