Children at Martin House Hospice woke this morning ankle deep in snow!
Chris Hopkins the managing director of Hopkins Catering Equipment Limited had arranged a surprise Christmas treat for local children’s hospice Martin House. He bid for and won a White Christmas on eBay, and decided to make some special childrens Christmas dreams come real.
The gift of a Winter Wonderland was put up for sale by SNO!zone to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC).
Over 10 tonnes of real snow were delivered at the crack of dawn and laid out by 10 workers. By 9am Martin House was transformed into a veritable winter wonderland, complete with a gift-laden Father Christmas and a troupe of local carol singers.
With only two official White Christmases in the last century (1938 and 1976), the eBay listing was the surest way for Chris Hopkins to guarantee a picture postcard Christmas. Some of the children had never seen snow before today so this was a truly unique gift.
Chris Hopkins told us: “We wanted to be able to give a Christmas present that would be truly unique and make a real difference. Christmas is for children and bringing a smile to their faces made it worth every penny.”
I am so pleased – it has been used in a beautiful way, to bring joy to children, which to me is what Christmas is all about
That is such a nice story to read on Xmas morning!
Fabulous story, I saw a bit about it on the TV news on Xmas day. I guessed it was eBay when they mentioned “an internet auction site”. 🙂
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