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Greensleeves' Henley House near Ipswich became Santa's Grotto for a day





Children were given the chance to visit Father Christmas as a Suffolk care home became Santa's Grotto for a day.

Henley House, a Greensleeves care home near Ipswich that looks after residents with dementia and other residential care, hosted a Christmas fayre on December 3.

Kids spoke to Santa and received a gift, a certificate as well as a special key, so he could enter their houses on Christmas Eve if they didn't have a chimney.

Children received gifts and certificates for visiting Santa as a care home became a Grotto for a day. Picture: Greensleeves Care
Children received gifts and certificates for visiting Santa as a care home became a Grotto for a day. Picture: Greensleeves Care

The care home wanted to aid families and provide something as the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite, making it a difficult festive season for many.

It also wanted to give thanks to a community for its years of support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The home has a full schedule of events leading up to Christmas and the new year.

The house wanted to give thanks to the community for their support. Picture: Greensleeves Care
The house wanted to give thanks to the community for their support. Picture: Greensleeves Care

These include choirs, carols, Christmas and new year parties, and a visit from Rudolph.

Hayley Salter, Henley House's manager, said: “We wanted to offer an affordable Santa’s Grotto experience for children in the community to help out with what is set to be a difficult winter for many.

"Being part of a not-for-profit organisation, we do many fundraisers throughout the year for our residents’ amenity fund, however we were adamant that this event would be not-for- profit, with a small cost only to cover the price of gifts.”