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Squire’s customers raise £17,756 for local charities

Donation made in return for visit to Santa's grotto.

Squire’s Garden Centres have presented cheques totalling £17,756 to various charities across the southeast, including The Michael Sobell Hospice, Homelink Respite Day Care Centre, Cherry Trees Children’s Charity and The Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Squire’s customers donated this fantastic sum of money primarily in return for a free visit to Santa, who was in his grotto across Squire’s centres during the Christmas period. Shoppers were generous with their pounds and were more than happy to see well deserving local charities benefit from their donations.

“Our free grotto was incredibly popular and it was great to see our customers show their appreciation,” said Sarah Squire, the deputy chairman of Squire’s. “Our garden centre staff make their own choice when it comes to which charity to support through the grotto, and we certainly agree that each local charity selected very much deserved the wonderful support shown by the local community.”

The generosity didn’t just end with the free grotto donations; four of Squire’s Garden Centres invited their local charity to exclusive previews of the new Ice Grotto Adventure at Squire’s in Badshot Lea and Shepperton, the 4D Grotto Experience at Squire’s in Milford, and the Christmas Circus extravaganza which took place at Squire’s in Washington. Fun was had by all those who attended the events, and it certainly kick started a memorable festive season.

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