Schools and the community came together in Wanstead for a Santa drive-by charity fundraiser.

Santa, played by Dennis Weeks from North London Loft Rooms, was piloted around the streets in a festive milk float on Wednesday, December 15.

Ilford Recorder: Families came out to meet SantaFamilies came out to meet Santa (Image: Amy Moore)

He greeted onlookers and gave high fives to children as he passed by.

Wanstead Church School, Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School and Nightingale Primary School came together to support the event and provide 'elves' as helpers.

Ilford Recorder: A festive milk float was used to drive Santa aroundA festive milk float was used to drive Santa around (Image: Amy Moore)

Organiser Amy Moore, from Wanstead Church School's Parent Teacher Association, said “You cannot beat seeing how much the children enjoy seeing Santa.

"It’s just a fun community event which makes everyone smile and injects a bit of magic into Christmas."

Ilford Recorder: Dennis Weeks became Santa for the eventDennis Weeks became Santa for the event (Image: Claire Butler)

The fundraiser generated more than £800 for The Corner House Project, a charity which aims to support homeless people.

Hannah Healy, who was one of the elves, said: "It was great to see so many come out and embrace the festive spirit.

"My bucket got very heavy on the route and it was really amazing to see so many generous donations."

Ilford Recorder: The event raised money for charity The Corner HouseThe event raised money for charity The Corner House (Image: Hannah Healy)