Santa Claus is pulling in on his sleigh

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SHOP­PERS will have the chance to meet Fa­ther Christ­mas and his elves this week­end, when he ar­rives on his sleigh at the Ex­change Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Rochdale’s shop­pers will also have the chance to raise money for Springhill Hospice and Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

Santa’s grotto will be open Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1 be­tween 11am and 4pm.

Lorenzo O’Reilly, Rochdale Ex­change Shop­ping Cen­tre man­ager, said: “We’re very ex­cited to be wel­com­ing Fa­ther Christ­mas once again to the cen­tre.

“Ev­ery year he proves as pop­u­lar as ever, as cus­tomers come from all over Rochdale to meet him and his elves.

“Last year through the grotto alone we raised £3,000 for char­ity, so we re­ally hope we can beat our tar­get.

“Whilst fam­i­lies are vis­it­ing the grotto, we are also en­cour­ag­ing them to take a tag from the Rochdale Ex­change Giv­ing Tree to do­nate a gift to Hits Ra­dio Cash for Kids Mis­sion Christ­mas cam­paign.”

Springhill Hospice is an or­gan­i­sa­tion that has sup­ported peo­ple and their fam­i­lies suf­fer­ing from life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses and Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal pro­vides highly spe­cialised care for chil­dren and young peo­ple.

●●Santa and his elf at Rochdale Ex­change Shop­ping Cen­tre last year

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