Recycling Lives’ Christmas Grotto bring festive cheer to staff and families

Santa’s flying visit to the Recycling Lives Centre on Essex Street last week proved a big hit with staff and their families, who are anxiously awaiting Christmas!

After finding a slot in his busy schedule to come and say hello to all the children of Recycling Lives’ staff and corporate partners, Santa spent Saturday afternoon handing out some early presents and some festive cheer at Recycling Lives’ Winter Wonderland, designed by the company’s talented graphic designer, Jason Shinks. This is the second time that Santa has visited Recycling Lives, and we’re hoping it’s going to become a regular occurrence in the run-up to Christmas!

Helped by Charity Training and Operations Manager, Neil Flanagan, and kind-hearted Residents Wayne Finch, Paul Blach, Craig Graham and Billy Quallell, Santa and his elves had a lovely time at Recycling Lives, and joined with other visitors to enjoy a tasty spread put on by the staff at Vincent’s Community Café. Recycling Lives staff and corporate partners had the chance to sit down together and enjoy a relaxing (if not quiet!) afternoon in the otherwise busy festive period. Almost 200 adults attended, with over 100 children – all of whom received a specially wrapped gift to save until Christmas day!

Santa even brought some extra gifts, which will be delivered by Recycling Lives to Derian House Children’s Hospice and other local children’s charities.

Recycling Lives’ CEO and founder, Steve Jackson, commented:

“This year’s Christmas grotto was another huge success, and we’re grateful to everyone who worked together to make it such a brilliant afternoon. Our staff and Residents, as well as the staff at Vincent’s Community Café, have done us proud again, and we were pleased to welcome so many of their families – as well as the families of our valued corporate partners – to our Winter Wonderland!”

Recycling Lives would like to thank everyone who helped with or attended the Christmas Grotto this year – a lot of work went into the afternoon, but we’re sure you’ll agree it was worth every minute!