4 December 2015

Santa swooped in from his home in Lapland to give Sheffield children an early Christmas surprise this week.

Around 90 local children received gifts from Santa Claus as he took a break from his busy schedule to make a detour to Sheffield and hand out a wonderful selection of festive goodies.

The Finnish Embassy used their influence to bring Santa to Sheffield with the support of steel giants Outokumpu and Amazon to make this a really special Christmas for some Sheffield children.

Sheffield‘s Lord Mayor, Councillor Talib Hussain said: “We are really grateful to the Finnish Embassy for bringing Santa to Sheffield at such a busy time of the year for him. It was also very generous for Outokumpu and Amazon to support this event that I am sure will be remembered by the children for the rest of their lives.”

Santa read to the children before they took part in a variety of fun games and competitions in the Town Hall and received their personal gifts.

The local Sheffield staff of Outokumpu, the Finnish stainless steel company, helped to arrange Santa’s visit to Sheffield.

Philip Rodrigo, Honorary Consul of Finland in Sheffield and Senior Vice President at Outokumpu said: “For me this is a great thing to do for our local children, just to bring a smile to their faces.

“I was also delighted to bring one of Finland’s most famous exports to Sheffield. I am really happy that he was able to take a day off for this great cause during this busy time of year for him and his team in Lapland.”

Amazon’s local charity committee attended the event with their Centre’s Site Lead, Nathan Fetherston delivering £5,000 of toys and games for the children.

Speaking from Santa’s grotto, Amazon’s Nathan Fetherston said: “It’s been wonderful to be part of today’s event and it’s fantastic to deliver the presents to children in Sheffield. The City Council has done a brilliant job in organising the event and, on behalf of the team at Amazon in Doncaster, I’d like to wish everyone a happy Christmas.”