When the children were informed of the national lockdown over the Christmas period the mood in the house was sombre. One of our younger residents was not happy about Santa’s grotto visits being cancelled… so she decided we needed to bring the grotto to Greenfields!

After the idea came to light the staff were thrilled to get to work planning and purchasing to make the room perfect. They worked really hard to make this as special as possible, knowing that the children had already missed out on some of their usual events at Christmas.

Each child went into the grotto one by one. They received a lovely goodie bag full of treats and a Christmas cup with their names on it. There was Christmas music playing, fairly lights twinkling and pretend snowballs at the ready. The staff had made a make believe chimney and fire place which had presents all around it, under the Christmas tree. Although we couldn’t have the real Santa with us he popped up on the computer via video call much to the children’s delight. He spoke with each of the children and wished them a Merry Christmas!