Multiflight helicopter flies in Santa for children’s hospice Christmas surprise
Multiflight, Infoserve and Emmerdale and Yorkshire cricket stars help make it a Christmas to remember for Boston Spa hospice
Multiflight, online marketing company Infoserve and Emmerdale and Yorkshire County Cricket Club stars helped make it a Christmas to remember for children and their families at Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa today (Wednesday December 19th).
Multiflight provided a Dauphin helicopter from its fleet of VIP charter helicopters to fly Santa in with presents, and among Santa’s helpers were Emmerdale cast members Jeff Hordley, who plays Cain Dingle in the popular television soap, Zoe Henry, who takes the part of Rhona Goskirk, and Katherine Dow Blyton, who plays Harriet Finch, and Yorkshire cricket stars Steven Patterson and Matthew Fisher. Santa’s little elf helper was Edie Trutch.
Waiting to greet them at the hospice were children, parents, family members and hospice staff.
Brilliant press coverage
There was brilliant press coverage of the event, with Oly Woodcock from BBC Radio Leeds at Multiflight first thing for a live piece for the breakfast show, and the Yorkshire Post, ITV, Stray FM and That’s TV York among those in attendance.
Multiflight and Infoserve joined forces this year to provide a helicopter and presents for a special treat for the children, young people and their families. Thanks go to Infoserve, an online marketing company based in Leeds and Darlington, and its staff for providing the presents, and also to the Boston Spa farmers allowing the helicopter to land in their field.
“We love being part of this special Christmas treat for the children, their families and the staff at Martin House Hospice; it is a highlight of our year,” says Linda Nicholls, Multiflight’s Charter Manager.
“We were delighted Jeff, Zoe, Katherine, Steven and Matthew could join us this year. Martin House Hospice is a fantastic, deserving charity which we have proudly supported for a number of years and the arrival of Santa and the Emmerdale and cricket stars is always a wonderful occasion for everyone at the hospice.”
Mark Arthur, Yorkshire County Cricket Club CEO, said: “We’re about making sure that all children have the best possible Christmas and this event certainly goes a long way towards making that happen.
“It’s incredible to see the smiles on their faces, whether through cricket directly or by the vast amount of community work we engage in all year round. Once again and, as we have for the last few years, it’s a privilege to play a small part in this.
“Our only hope is that the day was enjoyed, not only by the children, but also their families, friends and the incredibly hardworking staff at Martin House Hospice.”
Derek Oliver, Infoserve CEO, said: “Christmas is a special time for families and Infoserve is very pleased to be able to support this memorable day for children and families at Martin House Children’s Hospice by providing the presents. It’s great to see the children’s faces light up when Santa arrives by helicopter with his sack of gifts and know we are part of it all.”
‘Santa arriving by helicopter a highlight of calendar’
Clair Holdsworth, Director of Care at Martin House, says: “Santa arriving in his helicopter is one of the highlights of our Christmas calendar. Many of the children who come to Martin House are too poorly or find it difficult to visit Santa in his grotto, so it is lovely to be able to bring Santa to them in such a special way.
“Santa’s visit to Martin House in a helicopter is a special memory the whole family can treasure, and we want to say a big thank you to everyone involved in making it happen.”
The hospice needs to raise over £8 million annually to run the service, providing community care and also care at its purpose-built hospice in Boston Spa, Wetherby, for children and young people across West, East and North Yorkshire. Martin House offers family-led care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. It is a place where children, young people and their families can stay from time-to-time along their journey and find support, rest and practical help. Every year the hospice supports more than 420 children and young people and their families and also 150 bereaved families.
To find out more about the hospice and the service it provides, or to make a donation, visit www.martinhouse.org.uk
Pictures show today’s visit.
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