Father Christmas is calling on elves from a local water company to support him and a children’s charity this festive period.
Northumbrian Water employees will help Santa write to excited kids across the region, so that he is not snowed under with sacks of mail before December 25.
The water company is supporting the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) by offering personalised letters from Santa from Thursday, December 3 2009.
Money raised will enable the NSPCC to answer additional calls to the ChildLine advice and support service. Each call to ChildLine costs the NSPCC £4.00 and a lack of resources and funding means that they are currently only able to answer 66% of all calls.
Each colourful letter will include the child’s name, home town, details of something special they have achieved during the year and someone they have helped to look after.
They will be written and delivered in return for a minimum donation of £2.50 to the NSPCC. Northumbrian Water is to cover printing and postage costs and all money raised will go to the charity.
Letter can be ordered by contacting Pam Lovell at Northumbrian Water on 0191 301 6754 or email@example.com. A minimum cheque or cash donation of £2.50 for each letter is required.
The last posting date for letters is Friday, December 11 2009, but customers are asked to be aware of any planned postal strikes.
Danny Mitchell, corporate fundraising manager for the NSPCC, said: “The help of partners such as Northumbrian Water allows us to continue our work with vulnerable and young children who really need our help this Christmas and beyond."
Jane Morland, Northumbrian Water’s corporate responsibility team leader, said: “A personalised letter from Santa can make a loved one’s Christmas very magical, whilst helping children who may not be as fortunate at the same time.’’
For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.