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A magical visit to Santa’s grotto

Brighton Young Families and Santa

Last week, a group of seven families and some staff from our Brighton Young Families Project were invited to visit Santa’s magical grotto in Hassocks. 

They were welcomed by Clive the Elf, founder of the Budding Foundation that runs Santa’s grotto at South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks. The Budding Foundation provided tickets to our young families so they could enjoy a magical day out and meet Santa!

All of the children took part in a word hunt game, followed by meeting Santa and talking about their Christmas wishes. They also all received a special Christmas present at the end, and even enjoyed a slice of cake together to top off a brilliant day.

“It was lovely to meet and spend time with everyone who came to Santa’s Magical Woodland Retreat” – Clive the Elf.

Santa's elf Clive smiling at the woodland entrance to Santa's grottoEveryone had a magical time and really got into the festive spirit. We want to say a huge thank you to Clive and the Budding Foundation for making the day possible and spreading joy amongst our young families.

The Budding Foundation are a charity that raise funds to help improve the lives of young people, with the emphasis on those who have suffered social deprivation, trauma or disability. The charity also donated garden furniture to some of our supported accommodations in Brighton over the summer. Read more about that here. 

Young families with Santa 


YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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