Children had a dream come true when they visited Santa - in Lapland

Published: 12 Dec 2013 17:300 comments

ONE LUCKY family visited Father Christmas in Lapland courtesy of a raffle prize at a Sunninghill school’s Christmas fair.

Janet Campbell (winner of the tickets) with her daughter Jane Mayes and her grandchildren Georgia and Lola Mayes.

Janet Campbell, from Sunninghill, was declared the winner of the prize, a one-day trip to Finland, at St Michael’s C Of E Primary School’s Christmas fair on Saturday, November 30.

She donated the family ticket to her daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Phillip Mayes, and their children Georgia, seven, and Lola, six.

They visited the Scandinavian country on Sunday [8] which culminated in every child’s dream - meeting Santa.

During the whirlwind day the family enjoyed a trip to a snow castle, husky and reindeer sleigh rides and a two-course lunch.

Mrs Mayes said: “It was wonderful. My children absolutely loved it! Even thought it was really cold - I think it got to about -40 degrees celsius at some points in the day - it was fantastic.

“My kids thought seeing Father Christmas was absolutely out of this world. As soon as they got home they were telling all their friends about the trip.

“We are extremely lucky to have been able to do this. It definitely lived up to its expectations and everything about it was amazing.

“It was a really really lovely day and there was certainly a lot of snow!”

The prize was supplied by local companies Bellway Homes and Sunninghill Travel.

Residents had to buy the £1 raffle tickets in advance of the fair, and raised £1,700 for the school. In addition to this, the Christmas fair raised more than £5,700.

The fair had several stalls selling Christmas items such as gifts, wrapping paper, cards and foods like mince pies, mulled wine and jams and preserves.

Jo Holt, headteacher of the school, said: “The Christmas fair is enjoyed by the whole school community and we are always grateful for the generosity of local companies in supporting the fundraising for our school.”

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