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Colleagues at the Central England Co-operative store in Glenfield are really getting into the Christmas spirit – with a series of fun festive events to raise money to help disabled and terminally ill children in Leicestershire.

Santa will be arriving at the Station Road store tomorrow (Saturday 13 December) at 10.30am in an open top car to welcome children to his grotto. Free to children, who will each receive a small gift, parents are asked to make a donation to Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, which is Central England Co-operative’s staff-elected charity.

Santa will also be in his Glenfield grotto on December 14, 20, 21, 22, 23 and Christmas Eve.

Supermarket manager Ruth Preston said: “This is what the festive season is all about – spreading Christmas cheer by doing nice things for the community and at the same time raising money to help vulnerable children. Newlife Foundation does such an amazing job in supporting families in the county that we wanted to do our bit to help too.”

Collections in aid of Newlife Foundation will take place at the store every day in the run-up to Christmas, with entertainment including music from the Ratby Co-operative Band tomorrow and Saturday 20 December.

The children from two local nurseries have been invited along for lunch with Santa next Tuesday and Wednesday (December 16 and 17) and young visitors to the store can take part in a colouring competition and treasure hunt – with the winners meeting Santa. For adults, there is a festive hamper raffle.

Central England Co-operative has been supporting Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children since May 2012. In that time, the fundraising efforts of colleagues and customers have helped provide specialist disability equipment for more than 300 children in the Central England Co-operative trading area. This has included provision of powered and manual wheelchairs, buggies, beds, car seats, stair climbers and communication aids.