The 2017 Christmas Grotto at Parkway raised £1,810 for Naomi’s House & Jacksplace Hospice

The 2017 Christmas Grotto at Parkway raised £1,810 for Naomi’s House & Jacksplace Hospice

Newbury's Christmas Grotto at Parkway raised £1,810 for Naomi’s House & Jacksplace Hospice

Parkway & Newbury BID's joint venture last December ensured Newbury had a free Grotto and excellent Santa experience in the heart of the town. The wooden Grotto with enchanted woodland scenery was based near the John Lewis piazza and M&S wall inside Parkway Shopping Centre. Inside children were able to share their festive wishes with Father Christmas and the elves, as well as receive a special chocolate present. Open for 12 days in December the Grotto had over 1,026 visitors. Entry was free, but visitors were welcome to donate to the local charity that the Newbury Bid & Parkway grotto was raising money for, Naomi’s House & Jacksplace. 

Naomi’s House & Jacksplace are hospices supporting children and young people from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, the Isle of Wight and beyond and are celebrating 21 years of care this year.The Grotto managed to raise £1,810 to the charity and Ali Spooner, the Supporter Services Assistant for Naomi’s House & Jacksplace Hospice received the donation and commented:

“We’re so grateful to Newbury Bid & Parkway Shopping Centre and their customers for their generosity and incredible Christmas fundraising efforts! The money they have raised is enough to fund 10 days of nursing care for a child receiving respite at the hospices, or it could fund a long weekends stay for 9 families in our family accommodation rooms. This year we’re celebrating 21 years of care and it’s thanks to support like this from local communities, that we have been able to achieve this milestone. Thank you.”