Christmas Hospice Surprise from Leeds Bradford Airport

Published on : Wednesday, December 18, 2013

martin_houseMultiflight and Leeds Bradford Airport joined forces again this year to provide a special Christmas treat for the children at Martin House Children’s Hospice and their families.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club is supporting the visit this year, with bowlers Ryan Sidebottom and Jack Brooks flying in the helicopter with Santa to deliver presents to the children.

Multiflight flew Santa to the hospice on a Dauphin helicopter from its fleet of charter helicopters from its base at Leeds Bradford Airport. Staff and passengers at Leeds Bradford Airport donated Christmas gifts for the children and their siblings.

Santa also had an extra special gift in his sack, a donation of £1,000 from Leeds Bradford Airport’s annual coin collection to Martin House Hospice, as one of their chosen charities.

Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Airport’s Aviation Development & Marketing Director, said: “It’s magnificent to see the children’s faces light up when Santa arrives with his sack of presents. We want to make sure that the children and families at Martin House Hospice have a really memorable day. Martin House is a fantastic, deserving charity which we have proudly supported for a number of years.”

“It’s wonderful to be able to give the children, their families and the staff at the hospice a special Christmas treat and Multiflight is delighted to be able to do this,” says Linda Nicholls, Multiflight’s Charter Manager.

Linda adds: “It is very exciting that Santa will be joined by two Yorkshire cricketers on the helicopter this year. It will be a real thrill for the children and their families. It’s great that Yorkshire County Cricket Club is supporting the visit.”

Sheila O’Leary, Head of Care at Martin House Children’s Hospice, says: “Santa arriving in his helicopter is one of the most magical visits to Martin House. The children and adults will be excited from the moment they get up. Mid morning we will all gather in the garden and listen for the gentle hum of the helicopter engine. The children will squeal with delight as the helicopter is spied in the sky. The fact Santa will be joined by two Yorkshire cricketers is just fabulous.”

Sheila adds: “Some of the children are too poorly or find it difficult to see Santa in his grotto and it is lovely to be able to bring Santa to them and for them to experience this memorable event. We want to say a big thank you to everyone involved.”

Martin House Children’s Hospice provides care for children and young people with progressive life limiting illnesses and provides support to their families and the hospice does everything it can to help create special memories for them. A visit to the hospice by Santa in a helicopter is a wonderful and special event for the children and their families and a memory they can treasure.

The hospice needs to raise £4.5 million annually to run the service it provides at its purpose built hospice in Boston Spa, Wetherby, and care for children and young people from throughout the Yorkshire region. The aim of Martin House is to provide family led care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses. 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.

Source:- Leeds Bradford Airport


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