Yet again, the Bridgwater community has demonstrated its kindness with contributions at the Christmas grotto, helping Angel Place Shopping Centre raise nearly £2000 for two charities this festive season.

Every weekend in December saw families queueing with excited anticipation to see Santa, with the £2.50 entry fee per child being split between Elliot’s Touch and Marie Curie. This year, there was also the added bonus of an extra date, to ensure all the good boys and girls got to see him.

Thanks to these generous shoppers, Angel Place was able to spread the festive cheer far and wide with the appeal, as well as helping to raise awareness for the causes.

A spokesperson for Angel Place, said: “We are so grateful that, once again, the town has come together to support these two great charities. We’ve enjoyed running the charity grotto over the years, so it’s great to see that it’s still as popular with families as it always has been.

“Time and again we are amazed by the kindness offered by members of our community, and we want to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who donated. This grotto means a lot to us, and it’s clear to see it means a lot to the people of Bridgwater as well, so it’s great to know that it will enable Elliot’s Touch and Marie Curie to continue with their great work.

“It was a fantastic way to end the year, and we’re looking forward to supporting many more amazing charitable organisations in 2020.”

Gail Stewart, treasurer of the local group which raises funds for Marie Curie, is full of praise for the generosity of the people of Bridgwater, adding: “The volunteers of the Marie Curie Fundraising Group in Bridgwater would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to the generous people of the town who brought their children to visit Santa’s Grotto, and helped us to raise so much money.

“Marie Curie nurses and helpers work night and day in peoples’ homes providing hands-on care to support patients, and their families, who are living with a terminal illness,” said Gail. “Many thanks also go to Angel Place, which provides the grotto and the gifts, bringing smiles to lots of excited children”.