Festive fun at the Christmas Grotto 2015

Recycling Lives’ famous annual Christmas Grotto made a triumphant return this year, with a particularly special guest of honour…

That’s right, the red-suited, white-bearded man himself popped down to Preston armed with a mountain of presents, to spend a few hours giving out gifts to children at our very own Christmas Grotto.

The Grotto was bigger than ever this year, with over 250 very excited children coming to meet Father Christmas and to receive a special gift. Whilst festive tunes filled the tinsel-adorned Recycling Lives centre on Essex Street, a children’s entertainer, Marvin, brought some great entertainment. With a magic show, balloon modelling and fun games, there was lots of festive merriment on Saturday afternoon. Our very own Natalie organised face painting with a few of her friends, turning the children into snowy princesses from frozen or their favourite superhero.

Mark, from the Recycling Lives café, put on a great spread of festive food, with plenty of mince pies to keep the parents happy.

The children were met by a team of elves, with charity Residents Tony and Lee, and Katie and Jorgia who also donned the green suit and pointy shoes to help on the day.

A professional photographer documented the day, taking photos of all of the children with Santa for them to keep. Recycling Lives puts on the highly anticipated event every December, for employees, clients and their families.

Steve Jackson OBE, CEO of Recycling Lives said:

‘I’m so glad we get the opportunity to put on the Grotto every year. It’s just great to see so many smiling faces, and parents and children alike always have a great time. Everyone at Recycling Lives gets involved, to bring a bit of seasonal fun to Preston. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the event such a great success again. We can’t wait for next year!’