"Demelza also put on a Christmas Grotto last year in Sittingbourne, and they asked me to be Father Christmas for four days! That was a really lovely experience, getting to interact with the kids and families in a less formal setting and actually seeing them smiling and having a good time, even just for a little while. A lot of families just don’t get experiences like that without Demelza’s help. If a child has a severe disability, the noise and chaos of a normal shopping centre grotto can be way too much; not to mention that with COVID-19, that was probably the first time in a long time that many of those families got to do something that felt so normal, and it was a genuinely heartwarming experience getting to be a part of that.
"Imagine a little boy or girl meeting Father Christmas for the very first time, seeing their face light up and hearing their excited laughter, and knowing you’re the reason it’s able to happen. That’s as good an argument as I can make for getting involved with Demelza."