Helicopter Santa visit to Martin House

12 December 2017
Delighted children were treated to a special visit from Santa Claus when he arrived in style by helicopter at Martin House.

He was joined by Emmerdale actresses Gaynor Faye and Zoe Henry to hand out gifts to children and young people staying at the hospice.

The visit was organised by Yorkshire private aviation company Multiflight and Leeds Bradford Airport, to give a festive treat to Martin House.

Gaynor, who plays Megan Macey in Emmerdale, said: “To see the children’s smiling faces is what it’s all about, and we’re just bringing a little bit of festive magic to Martin House.

“For me it’s about getting here and meeting the families, but arriving by helicopter was an extra buzz and a great start to the visit.

“I’ve been a supporter of Martin House for many years, and I’m just in awe of the facilities here. It’s been wonderful to come here and be Santa’s helper.”

Zoe, who plays vet Rhoda Goskirk, added: “Martin House put in an amazing effort and throw the best parties. It’s such a great experience to see the joy on children’s faces – and the whole family – and it’s a privilege to be invited to join in.”

Boston Spa farmers Tim and Liz Clayton kindly loaned their field neighbouring Martin House so the helicopter could land.

Linda Nicholls, Multiflight’s charter manager, said: “This special Christmas treat for the children, their families and the staff at Martin House Hospice is a highlight of our year and we are thrilled it can happen again this year.”

Phil Forster, Leeds Bradford Airport’s aviation development and corporate affairs manager, added: “We love to be part of this visit, creating a truly memorable day for children and families at Martin House.”

Children from West Oaks School in Boston Spa also came along and entertained with Christmas carols before meeting Santa as well.

Michael Tatterton, nurse consultant at Martin House, said: “It can be really hard for some of our children to visit Santa in his grotto, so to have him come here and in such style is so exciting. We had a brilliant morning, and it was just a magical experience for our children.

“We focus on making memories with families, and today our families have been able to make some very special memories together.”

Our thanks go to Multiflight and Leeds Bradford Airport for making the visit happen, and also to Rosenbauer UK and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, which donated toys and gifts for the children and young people.