Meadowhall Shopping Centre hosts very special Christmas visit for families

Santa welcomed families and patients from St Luke’s Hospice yesterday to Meadowhall Shopping Centre as they were treated to a special breakfast and an exclusive visit around his new home for the festive period, the Magical Kingdom.

Six families, who are supported by St Luke’s, attended the exclusive VIP event at Meadowhall as the Centre put on an extra special visit especially for those being cared for at the facilities, their loved ones and bereaved families known to the hospice.

Among the twinkling and sparkling icicles within the magical attraction, Santa presented all of the youngsters present with their very own individual gift and a family photo for them to help them cherish this special Christmas memory.

Centre Director, Darren Pearce said: “We had such a fantastic morning with the families from St Luke’s and it was a pleasure to give them a magical moment allowing them to visit Santa and enjoy a special breakfast at the Harvester – making the experience truly unique for them.

“At Christmas time we work hard to give back to the local community and have thoroughly enjoyed working with St Luke’s over the last year. Being able to put something like this on for our Charity of the Year and a time when generosity and giving is even more important than ever has been extremely rewarding experience – we hope all of the individuals and families supported by St Luke’s enjoyed their Christmas visit.”

Fran Morley, St Luke’s Hospice Head of Fundraising, said: “We had a fantastic morning with the Meadowhall team, Santa and his little helpers.

“It’s been a great way to kick off Christmas for the families we work with, not only have families of current service users come along for this experience but we have been able to open this up to bereaved families, of which we know for both it has really meant a lot, alongside families who have supported us over the years through fundraising.”

Amber Craig, the Harvester Manager said: “It has been fantastic being able to provide these families with a unique morning to make their visit to Meadowhall’s Santa’s Magical Kingdom a special one. We are so pleased to have been involved.”

St Luke’s Hospice is the only hospice of its kind in Sheffield and was nominated as Meadowhall’s 2014 Charity of the Year in January. The partnership between St Luke’s and British Land’s Meadowhall shopping centre has been successful throughout the year, through events and activities that have raised thousands of pounds over the year including the cyclone machine, the Grand Depart, Sheffield to Paris Cycle ride and the most recent Christmas Jumper World Record attempt.

Santa will be at Meadowhall until Christmas Eve at his Magical Kingdom which is located outside the Oasis Dining Quarter entrance. This year’s grotto has fantastic interactive elements for children and families to enjoy whilst they make their way through to meet Santa and is complete with penguins and ice princesses.

For further information about Santa’s Magical Kingdom, please visit

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