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Walking in a winter wonderland

Santa Claus and Buddy the elf with 23-month-old Zac Guthrie and his dad, Lee

Sunderland College was transformed into a winter wonderland as students and staff welcomed families to a special festive fundraising event.

Santa Claus and Buddy the elf were on hand to greet youngsters and their parents at the college’s Christmas Charity Arts and Crafts Day held yesterday (Tuesday) in the Arts Academy at Bede campus.

The event was organised by visual and performing arts staff and students and featured a host of fun-filled activities and entertainment for youngsters and their parents.

From carol singing and festive-themed flashmobs to Disney dance sessions and drama workshops, the event also featured lots of seasonal stalls selling a range of Christmas decorations and cards designed by students.

The Arts Academy was transformed by art and design students who created a grotto for Santa and his elf, as well as a snowy winter wonderland scene, and they decorated the building with giant handmade snowflakes and baubles.

All proceeds from the event and the college’s Christmas show, Jingle Bede, which raised a combined total of more than £450, will be handed to homeless charity Crisis, along with 11 sacks of clothes which have been donated by staff and students.

Jane Reed, head of visual and performing arts at Sunderland College, said: “The event was a truly magical experience for everyone involved and it was fantastic to welcome so many families to the college. The staff and students worked very hard to make it a success and they are thrilled that so much money has been raised for an excellent cause.”

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