A FESTIVE fair organised by college students attracted hundreds of people through the doors and raised £800 for 10 town charities.
A dedicated team of students from Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street, Hartlepool, transformed the inside of the college into a winter wonderland Christmas market complete with a magical Santa’s grotto.
There was arts and crafts to keep youngsters busy making festive place mats and painting glass, while mums, dads and grandparents, browsed the variety of stalls which sold kitted toys, Christmas decorations, wreaths, cakes, soup, hand-crafted wooden ornaments, owls and sweet dispensers and ceramic Santas.
There was also a chocolate fountain and a teddybear tombola, and elves working in the cafe serving up food and drinks, to the sweet sounds of the choir singing Christmas carols.
The students had arranged the event to raise money for 10 town charities including:
l Baby Bereavement;
l Headland Future;
l The Bereavement Service;
l Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group;
l Hartlepool Families First;
l Hartlepool Alzheimer’s Group;
l Roaring Mouse Drama Group;
l Hart Gables;
Early years lecturer Kelly Ptohopoulos said: “It was a lovely day with such a lovely atmosphere.
“We had about 400 people come through the doors and about 100 of those were children who all visited our Santa in the grotto.
“The students were absolutely fantastic, they were remarkable.
“They were polite, well-mannered, they were full of festive spirit and really had lots of fun.”
She added: “We had a choir singing Christmas carols which turned into a bit of a kareoke with children singing on the microphone.
“It was just brilliant. We were all over the moon to raise £800 as well which will be donated to the 10 charities.”
“we’re already looking forwards to next year which is going to be even bigger and better.”