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Brooks, Siddy & Santa take to the skies

— 18 December 2013

Multiflight, official private aviation partners of Yorkshire County Cricket Club helped make a Christmas wish come true for the children and families of Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa yesterday.

Multiflight provided a helicopter to fly Santa in with presents (his reindeer are resting ahead of the big day next week), and with the elves busy with packing all the presents, Santa recruited two of Yorkshire’s stars to help – ex-England and Yorkshire cricketer Ryan Sidebottom and fellow Yorkshire cricketer Jack Brooks.

“It’s wonderful to be able to give the children, their families and the staff at the hospice a special Christmas treat and Multiflight is delighted to be able to do this,” says Linda Nicholls, Multiflight’s Charter Manager.

    "To make this Christmas memorable for the children and their families at Martin House is a real privilege and honour for me.”- Ryan Sidebottom

    An annual event, Multiflight and Leeds Bradford Airport joined forces to raise the funds for the presents and provide Santa’s transport. Santa rode in a Dauphin helicopter from Multiflight’s fleet of charter helicopters, whilst staff and passengers of the airport donated gifts.

    Cricketer Ryan Sidebottom said: “It is great to be involved in this project, alongside Multiflight. Martin House do amazing things for very poorly children. To be able to take time out of my busy schedule to make this Christmas memorable for the children and their families at Martin House is a real privilege and honour for me.”

    Sheila adds: “Some of the children are too poorly or find it difficult to see Santa in his grotto and it is lovely to be able to bring Santa to them and for them to experience this memorable event. We want to say a big thank you to everyone involved.”

  • The hospice needs to raise £4.9 million annually to run the service it provides at its purpose built hospice in Boston Spa, Wetherby, and care for children and young people from throughout the Yorkshire region. The aim of Martin House is to provide family led care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses. It is a place where children, young people and their families can stay from time to time along their journey and find support, rest and practical help.

    The Yorkshire Pride Lottery also support Martin House Hospice, choosing the charity to be their chosen charity for 2013 and 2014. This year, the Lottery raised £5000 from the 150th Grand Raffle alone, which bought a new bed to help provide great care for more families.

    To find out more about the hospice and the service it provides, or to make a donation, visit www.martinhouse.org.uk. To visit Multiflight, Official Private Aviation Partners, please visit www.multiflight.co.uk. Or, to join the Yorkshire Pride Lottery, click here

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