two girls pose with santa

Pictured above: Olivia and Holly were among the lucky children to see Santa at the Recovery Chapel and receive presents!

Ho Ho Ho! Christmas came early at the Leeds Recovery Chapel as Santa called in to hand out presents and spread some holiday cheer.

Children bustled around and parents chatted in the decoration-laden main room of the Leeds Recovery Chapel, amidst the sounds of Christmas crackers being pulled and food being enjoyed. Santa sat in his Christmassy Grotto ready to meet families and give the kids some presents.

Staff and volunteers were also in attendance. Michele Haigh is a Family Plus team worker at Forward Leeds. She said: “This was a great event to bring all families together at a point when Christmas can be difficult for some people. It was really busy, the kids had their faces painted, they made biscuits and also created baubles to hang on the tree. They were all really happy with the presents they received from Santa as well!”

There was a buffet of food with a wide selection of Christmas snacks and treats, face painting courtesy of BRIC worker Dean Wood, and lots of other activities to keep the festive entertainment flowing.

Karen Richardson, volunteer support worker with the Forward Leeds Family Plus team said: “It brings the parents and the children together. The kids can play and the parents can have a catch up and it’s not all based around having to go for the treatment. It’s something for parents to get out and about with their kids and meet other people.”

There are plenty of events taking place at the Recovery Chapel in the New Year including a 30-day Feel Good Festival running right through January. As part of the festival there will be an artist workshop, an open mic night and a special art installation happening in the Leeds Corn Exchange. Keep an eye on our website for more details to come!

Here at Forward Leeds we hope everyone has a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

You can contact the Recovery Chapel on 01138872749, or call in at 43 Westfield Road, LS3 1DG. To contact Forward Leeds please call 0113 887 2477.

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