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Santa pays visit to Grotto

Published: Mon, 8 Dec 2014
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Pictured are Mayor Brenda Stevenson, Michael Doyle, our Collon Terrace manager, Cllr Alisha McLaughlin and Fr Thomas.
Santa's grotto Galliagh
Over 300 children in Derry-Londonderry are set to give Santa their wishlist in person.
With the help of the Housing Executive, Santa set up his grotto at the offices of Galliagh Women’s Group this morning.
It runs until Saturday December 13th ,  opening from 10.30am until 4.30pm.
The grotto is part of a three month project organised by the Women’s Group and funded to the tune of £3300 by the Housing Executive.
The project included ten week courses in crochet, healthy living, arts and crafts and a pamper event, attended by up to 150 local residents.
On the opening day of Santa’s Grotto, Marie Gillespie, Chairperson of the Women’s Group, said:
“This is the third year Santa’s Grotto has opened its doors to the children of the Galliagh community. As an integral part of the community the Galliagh Women’s Group recognise the importance to provide some degree of respite for families at the lower end of the economic scale.
Marie added:
“The project has focussed in the social enterprise within the area and provided women with activities focussed on training and the arts and also provided them with volunteering opportunities.
“Whilst the project is a three month venture, it will provide local women with the opportunity to become self-sustainable with the new skills they acquire.”