SANTA dropped in on residents at Sunderland’s Salvation Army hostel a week early.
Wearside-based Thompson Building Centres and TAPS continued its tradition of giving gifts to people in the care of hospitals, charities and support organisations.
Managing director Anne Ganley was be joined by Santa and an elf helper to hand out presents at the hostel in High Street East before heading to children’s wards at Sunderland Royal Hospital, then Sunderland’s St Benedict’s Hospice and Newcastle’s St Oswald’s Hospice.
“This is a tradition that spans more than 20 years and it really is the highlight of my Christmas,” said Anne.
“I always look forward to it and every year I’m humbled by the courage of the people we meet – I know our small contribution brings much joy.”