Children in Wymondham had a surprise visitor at the weekend, when Santa dropped in to start delivering some of his presents early and ease his heavy Christmas Eve workload.

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Staff at Abbey Kindergarten Pre-School in Wymondham arranged for Father Christmas and his elves to visit children at their homes on Saturday after sending out flyers to parents in the town inviting them to sign up their children for a small fee to have a gift delivered by Santa, along with some magic reindeer food to be sprinkled on the lawn on Christmas Eve.

The food was made by the pre-school children, while local businesses donated materials for the event.

During his trip, Santa, played by Damian Woods, a father of one of the pre-school children, visited six homes, including two in Evora Road, as well as children living in Fairland Street, Lime Tree Avenue, Harts Farm and Whispering Oaks.

The elves included members of the school’s committee, including Sandie Woods and Marie Squires.

Funds from the event were to pay to finish the school’s sendory mud garden in the spring.

Mrs Woods, who has a son Jacob Woods, three, at the pre-school, said the idea for the event stemmed from a similar fund raiser held in Surrey and was arranged after the school’s original plan for a Dickensian evening to raise funds fell through.

She said: “It is a fund raiser for the school. We needed to do something at this time of year and with Christmas coming, this was a chance to get Christmas out to people and to bring Santa to them and engage with the community.”

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