Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 15.40.18intu Metrocentre is set to spread some festive cheer with a special event for children with hearing difficulties.

As part of its Christmas festivities, intu Metrocentre, Gateshead, will be running two special sessions with Santa and Mrs Claus for children who communicate via sign language.

The sessions, which will run on Sunday, November 22 and Sunday, November 29 from 10am – 11am, will give the children the chance to visit Santa’s grotto and tell him what they want for Christmas.

The idea for a signing Santa came after members of the intu Metrocentre Customer Services teams received sign language training.

“We wanted to make sure that everyone had the opportunity to enjoy our Christmas programme and these sessions will mean that children with hearing problems will be able to get join in the fun, too,”said Helen Atkinson, marketing manager at intu Metrocentre.

“There’s so much going on in the centre throughout the festive season, including our seasonal pantomime, Santa’s grotto, our extended opening hours and raising funds for Text Santa. We’re really proud of this part of our Christmas programme.”

The sessions with Santa and Mrs Claus will take place between 10am and 11am. Members of the centre’s Customer Services team who have been trained to use sign language will also be on hand on the day.

Shoppers must book in advance for this free activity and can do so by visitingwww.intumetrocentre.co.uk/Whats-on/Christmas/Signing-Santa. Spaces are limited so shoppers are advised to book early.

For more information about the centre’s Christmas programme, including Santa’s Grotto, visitwww.intumetrocentre.co.uk/Whats-on/Christmas.

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