HUNDREDS of disadvantaged and special needs youngsters are to be given a Christmas to remember thanks to a Wearside charity.
Hope4Kidz, based in Pennywell, is holding its Santa’s Christmas Party, at Passion nightclub, Holmeside, to bring seasonal cheer to children affected by long-term illness, disability and problems such as poverty and abuse.
Viv Watts, the charity’s chief executive, said: “Santa’s Christmas Party is one of the most popular events of the year because it gives the children something to look forward to and a chance to escape their circumstances for the afternoon.
“It gives them a chance to escape the stresses and strains of their everyday life and have fun with other youngsters in a similar situation.”
Viv said the annual event, which will include face-painting, a magician and pets’ corner, is growing more and more popular and organisers expect the party next month to top last year’s attendance of 320 children.
Guests can also meet Santa, enjoy a free buffet, take part in a host of party games and dance the afternoon away to a DJ.
Today, Hope4Kidz also launched a gift appeal for selection boxes and toys.
“Last year, as well as presents for the party guests, over 3,788 gifts were delivered to hospitals, hospices, women’s refuges and special needs units around the North East in time for Christmas,” said Viv.
“We are extremely grateful to the MetroCentre for kick-starting the appeal by donating 300 goody bags, and Passion club for sponsoring the party by donating the use of the club, and providing the staff and the DJ.”
Selection boxes and toys can be donated at designated collection points including include Sun FM, in Southwick, Matalan, in Pallion Retail Park, Dalton Park Shopping Outlet, Morrisons supermarket, in Seaburn, and Hope4Kidz, in Pennywell, before December 2.
For information about the appeal or to attend the party on December 4, call 534 7788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, visit www.hope4kidz.org.uk.