Santa drive-by spreads festive cheer and supports homeless charity

Santa and his elves made a visit to Wanstead

Santa and his elves made a visit to Wanstead - Credit: Claire Butler

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.

Families came out to meet Santa

Families came out to meet Santa - Credit: 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.

A festive milk float was used to drive Santa around

A festive milk float was used to drive Santa around - Credit: 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."

Dennis Weeks became Santa for the event

Dennis Weeks became Santa for the event - Credit: Claire Butler

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

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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."

The event raised money for charity The Corner House 

The event raised money for charity The Corner House - Credit: Hannah Healy