Recycling Lives' free family Santa's Grotto for staff

Recycling Lives transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland to put on a Santa's Grotto for families.

The organisation transforms its head offices every Christmas to hold a free family event for its staff.

More than 500 parents and children filled the specially-built Grotto in the ground floor of the Recycling Lives Centre on December 8, entertained by a magician and balloon artist, face painters and fairground rides.

With even more on the 'Nice List' than ever before - the organisation has grown its staff team by 61% in 2018, to more than 400 working across its nationwide network of sites - two Father Christmas' were enlisted to ensure all visitors got to meet the Big Man who gave personalised presents to each child.

Head of charity Neil 'Flanta Claus' Flanagan entertained the crowds along with company chairman Prof Steve Broomhead, supported by Residents of the organisation's charity, which supports homeless men back into independence.

Chief Executive William Fletcher said: "Our annual Santa's Grotto was another amazing success this year - hundreds turned out and our team made sure it was as magical as ever, with balloon arches, dozens of Christmas trees and a specially-built Grotto. This is just one of the ways we're able to thank our team for their hard work and commitment as we've enjoyed another record-breaking year for growth, sales and social impact."

The company was supported by local businesses Pink Tree Parties, Bob Wooding, Bedazzled Events, Funfairs & Candyfloss and B&M Bargains to put on the day.

To see all the photos from the day, follow Recycling Lives on Facebook.