Appeal for new outfit for Shaw's generous 'Santa'

Date published: 22 November 2021

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds to ensure a Santa from Shaw has a shiny new suit.

Marcus Emms, who also has the role of Town Crier, has been touring Oldham and beyond as Father Christmas for over two decades.

But now friends of Marcus have decided it's time his Santa suit was replaced.

Mandy Roberts says Marcus is a local hero.

"He must have seen in excess of 15,000 people over his 20 years.  He visits pensioners over Christmas, as well as helping with community Christmas lunches for local churches.

"He also does personal visits to foster children in the area."

Mandy first met Marcus when he helped at the Children's Unit at the Royal Oldham Hospital.  

"He helped us get donations of presents and decorations, as well as visiting the poorly children on the ward."

During his time as Santa, Marcus has visited childrens wards across the North of England, has spent valuable end-of-life time with over 100 children and their families.  He has specific training for children with autism and ADHD.

The current suit has been in use for 15 years, and Mandy feels it's time it was updated.

"Sometimes it's really difficult to get a suit clean and dry for the next day, after being out in the damp and rain the night before.

"So I'm hoping to fund a spare suit so that Santa doesn't end up going out in soggy pants!"

Marcus and his wife - Mrs Christmas, of course - also pay for their own travel expenses whilst visiting care homes, hospitals, events and private visits and Mandy is hoping to make a contribution to costs with the money raised.

Mandy added: "Marcus and his wife do so much to support children all over and never ask for anything in return. They are the most kindhearted people I have ever met, despite having their own family."

You can find out more and donate to the new santa suit at the GoFundMe site by clicking or tapping here.

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