Harrogate bar tenders dress as Santa for charity

Left to right: Djamel Bendaha and Matthew Sewell
Left to right: Djamel Bendaha and Matthew Sewell
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A dedicated duo have devoted themselves to dressing as Santa for the whole of December in a bid to raise money for a Harrogate hospice care charity.

Harrogate Viper Rooms Deputy Manager Matthew Sewell and Bar Tender Djamel Bendanha are doing the festive fundraiser for the nightclub’s annual Christmas charity contribution.

Staff had originally set a target of £1,000 to raise for their chosen charity, St Michael’s Hospice, but Viper Rooms Manager Kim Williams said the pair have already beaten that.

She said: “Saint Michael’s is a charity close to many people’s hearts in Harrogate, especially at this time of year.

“There are a few people who work here who St Michael’s have helped or helped their families.

“We have beaten the target we originally had already, which was £1,000, but we are hoping to hit £1,500 now.”

The challenge also forms part of the support for the charity’s Christmas fundraising campaign Sparkle for St Michael’s.

This season the hospice is appealing to people and businesses in the community to help raise money by running their own fundraising events or simply donating.

Chief executive of Saint Michael’s Hospice Tony Collins said: “Saint Michael’s hospice will be part of Christmas for so many local families.

“Your donation will help our specialist nurses to be there for patients, so people living with a terminal illness and their families can make the most of precious time together this Christmas.”