A corner shop in a Buckinghamshire village hosted a free Santa’s grotto to bring festive cheer to all regardless of their income.

The Chesham Bois Londis Store and its staff gave children a chance to say hi to Santa, while raising money for the British Red Cross and Sunny Days Fund, which pays for respite breaks for families of disabled children.

Families and children enjoyed free mince pies, cookies, sweets and mulled wine for adults on Sunday December 18 before the Santa, Amersham charity champion Tom Harrison, gave all children a free gift.

Store manager Markus Green said: “We wanted to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to the local community as well as raising funds for disabled children.

“It’s about making people happier, spreading the goodwill and giving back to the community.”

“We had a couple of comments where people said now it feels Christmassy when everyone’s dressed up and schools are just finishing. People realised going to see Santa in some shopping centre’s costs 20 pounds!

This was the shop’s first Christmas raffle event, but Markus hopes it will be rolled out in the group’s four other stores next year.

The grand raffle raised around £310 from customers, who won prizes worth more than £300 combined.

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