Christmas grotto was a charity success for Wyevale Garden Centres

Last year?s Christmas grotto at Wyevale Birchencliffe and Pennine raised ?10,656 for Kirkwood Hospice. Birchencliffe raised ?5,116, while Pennine raised ?5,540.

Andrew Tyers, manager at Birchencliffe, said: ?We’re thrilled that the annual Christmas grotto has received such extensive support from the public, especially since this cause is close to so many people in the local community. A big thank you to everyone who donated and we?re hoping to raise even more funds for Kirkwood during Christmas 2016.?

Nicola Barber, Kirkwood Hospice fundraiser, recently received cheques, with Hospice staff and volunteers in attendance.

Nicola said: ?We?ve been humbled by the generosity of the public, and are extremely grateful for the support provided to us by Pennine and Birchencliffe garden centres.

?We are delighted to accept these donations and look forward to investing the funds, to make sure that our patients, their families and friends receive the best possible care.?

The grottos launched in November 2015 with the hugely popular annual Reindeer parade procession at Pennine and Birchencliffe.

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