Fife based charity offers children personalised letters and videos from Santa

Fife families which use a charity’s adventure play services for disabled children are looking forward to personal videos and letters from Santa.

Santa filming personalised messages for The Yard
Santa filming personalised messages for The Yard

The Yard has launched the service in place of festive parties which cannot take place because of COVID restrictions.

The Kirkcaldy based organisation provides outdoor play experiences plus provides care, support, and opportunities for fun and friendship.

It invited the families it supports to sign up for a free personalised greeting from Santa, in the form of a hand-written letter or video, filmed within The Yard Edinburgh’s outdoor Solardome-turned-grotto!

The video also features ‘Signalong’, a key word sign-supported communication system based on British Sign Language used by people with additional speech, language and communication needs.

Although the deadline for videos has now passed, there is still a chance to sign up for a personalised letter in return for a donation.

So far, over 100 families have put in requests.

Celine Sinclair, chief executive, said, “Christmas will be rather different this year but, whatever the circumstances, children should still be at the heart of the festive season.

“With restrictions on parties and Santa’s grotto visits, we’ve come up with a lovely treat for the children we support, creating wonderful personalised messages guaranteed to bring a smile to their faces, not-to-mention the families and friends sharing it with them.”She added: “It’s a great way for our community to support The Yard at the end of a particularly challenging year where our services and fundraising efforts continue to be impacted by the effects COVID-19.

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