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Santa goes over the rainbow to raise money for charity

Pantomime characters from over the rainbow in Bognor Regis will be visiting Russells Lifestyle Store in Birdham, near Chichester, to raise money for charity.


Taking place in the specially built Christmas cabin at Russells, ‘Santa’s Over the Rainbow Storytime’ will see Santa and Mrs Santa being joined by Dorothy and the Good Witch of the North from the Bognor Regis’s Alexandra Theatre’s forthcoming pantomime, The Wizard of Oz, for stories and cookies.


The event will be in aid of The Sussex Snowdrop Trust, a childrens’ charity providing nursing care at home, for children who have a life-threatening or terminal illness.


Russell’s owner Lesley Phillips said: “We are delighted to be hosting another fundraising event for the Sussex Snowdrop Trust. The charity does such vital work with very sick children and their families.


“This time of year it can be especially difficult for little ones who are so poorly so it has always felt right to us to host a Christmas-related event.


“We are very grateful that Santa can make time to visit us – it is such a busy time for him – and also to the Alexandra Theatre for agreeing to let Dorothy and the Good Witch from this year’s pantomime, The Wizard of Oz, come along and help weave some rainbow magic.”


Starting at 11am and running until 5pm, booking for Santa’s Over the Rainbow Storytime is not required and entry is by donation to the charity.


Bev Berridge, director of the Wizard of Oz, said: “We are delighted to support such a wonderful charity and, of course, to work with Mr and Mrs Claus. We hope that they will come and see our production after Christmas Eve when all their work is done.”


The Wizard of Oz is at the Alexandra Theatre from December 11 to January 4.

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