Santa arrives by Audi

13 December 2016


Multiflight’s annual visit with Santa to Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa didn’t go quite as planned this year; very heavy fog meant that Santa’s usual helicopter transport could not take off from Leeds Bradford Airport.  All worked out well in the end though with a little Christmas magic, and the day was once again a huge success.  Multiflight would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved.

Santa visit Martin House Children’s Hospice

Thankfully there are some lovely people around and Leeds Audi stepped in to help at the last minute with chauffeur-driven Audi Q7 and R8 vehicles to take Santa and his helpers to the hospice for the special, eagerly-awaited visit.

Our annual Santa helicopter flight to the hospice was thwarted by very heavy fog from first thing, and although there were early hopes the fog would lift it was not meant to be.  As ever though, everyone rallied round.

This year Multiflight, Leeds Audi, Leeds Bradford Airport, World Duty Free and Emmerdale star Zoe Henry, who plays Rhona Goskirk in the popular television soap, joined together to help make it a Christmas to remember for the Boston Spa hospice.  Although Multiflight’s Dauphin helicopter was unable to fly Santa in for the children’s hospice Christmas surprise, the arrival of Santa and his two fairy helpers in the Audi Q7 and the R8 made quite a spectacle for the children, parents, family members and hospice staff.

Once inside the hospice Santa and his helpers gave presents to all the children; these were kindly provided by Leeds Bradford Airport, its staff and World Duty Free.

 “This special Christmas treat for the children, their families and the staff at Martin House Hospice is a highlight of our year,” says Linda Nicholls, Multiflight’s Charter Manager.

“We were delighted Emmerdale actor Zoe could join us this year.  Martin House Hospice is a fantastic, deserving charity which we have proudly supported for a number of years and the arrival of Santa, his little helpers and Zoe was a wonderful occasion for everyone at the hospice.”

Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Airport’s Aviation Development Director, said: “It’s magnificent to see the children’s faces light up when Santa arrives with his sack of presents and Zoe from Emmerdale added an extra element of surprise. We love to be part of this visit, creating a truly memorable day for children and families at Martin House Children’s Hospice.”

Clair Holdsworth, Interim Director of Care at Martin House Children’s Hospice, said: “Some of the children are too poorly or find it difficult to visit Santa in his grotto and it is lovely to be able to bring Santa to them and for the children and their families to experience this wonderful event. A visit to the hospice by Santa is a very special occasion for the children and their families and a memory they can treasure. We want to say a big thank you to everyone involved in making it happen.”