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FATHER Christmas made an appearance at a Chester-le-Street care home’s festive fayre – helping to raise over £1,000 for residents.

The event at Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, attracted dozens of visitors, including family and friends of residents and staff.

Santa’s grotto, jewellery and bric-a-brac stalls, homemade Christmas cards, cakes and hotdogs all helped raise £1,016.

The money will be added to the residents’ fund, which helps pay for events, activities and outings throughout the year.

Resident Florence Besford said: “It’s lovely to see you, Father Christmas.

Christopher Hogan-Hind, home manager at Pelton Grange Care Home, said: “A massive thank you to everyone who came along and supported our Christmas fayre.

“We had a fantastic turnout and everyone had a wonderful time, including our residents, who enjoyed meeting Santa and chatting to visitors.

“The support Pelton Grange Care Home gets from the community is fantastic and has helped give our festivities a great start this year.”

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