Broch bus company helps charity let kids meet Santa

The children arrive at Santa's Grotto
The children arrive at Santa's Grotto

A Fraserburgh bus company helped a group of kids Christmas dream come true when they helped a charity set up a visit to Santa’s grotto.

Simpsons Coaches brought a group of children who may not otherwise have had a chance to visit Santa to his Grotto at the Pitoddrie House Hotel.

The trip was part of Mission Christmas by Cash For Kids, radio station Northsound One’s in-house charity, with their presenter Jeff Diack taking the kids on the visit.

Ron Simpson, of Simpson Coaches, said: “Jeff approached me about a month ago and said he was going to organise this and would I be able to do the bus at a favourable rate and I said I would do it for free.

“It’s a lovely cause and it’s for kids.”

He added: “It was a good cause and we had no hesitation in donating the vehicle for free.”

During December Cash For Kids run Mission Christmas which aims to ensure that no child wakes up on Christmas morning without a visit from Santa.

The charity collect new and unused toys and gifts and pass them on to Santa to ensure that his sleigh is full as he visits all children to make sure they have a good Christmas.

Jeff Diack said: “Mission Christmas is all about making sure everyone sees the magic of Christmas, and it dawned on me that some kids never get to visit Santa in his Grotto.

“So, I approached Ron at Simpsons Coaches and asked if I could borrow a coach -I can drive them myself- in order to make this magical trip happen.”

Pittodrie House Hotel in Inverurie allowed the charity to use the Santa Workshop at the rear of the hotel and also provided the kids with a mini afternoon tea when they arrived.

Mr Diack added: “All of the kids had a great time and the excitement on the way there, and smiles on their faces after having met Santa were just brilliant.”

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