A number of local businesses helped to provide the gifts

For some, the Christmas season only truly begins in the last few days before 25th December. Others start getting into the spirit of things as soon as John Lewis releases its yearly TV advert.

A joiner from Liverpool has volunteered to bring Christmas to the kids of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, in a handmade sleigh no less!

Craig Winrow, 44, is the owner of the Mister Maker of Hindley store. He has a history of using his trade for charity, having built and auctioned a three-foot wooden worker bee to help young victims injured in the Manchester Arena bomb attack last May.

Now he will use his talents again to create a satin-white painted sleigh, which he will deliver along with 500 selection boxes, most of which were donated by local businesses.

And how will he be dressed when he arrives on December 2nd? Why, as Father Christmas of course!

“When I seen the appeal I wanted to help because of how much the kids will appreciate it,” said the father of two.

“I managed to make the sleigh in a couple of hours but then decided they would love chocolates to go with them.”

Mr Winrow sold a handmade candy cart to buy 100 of the selection boxes himself.

“The support we have had from local businesses in the community to provide us with the chocolates has been great.”

Arriving with Santa Claus will be Craig’s two children, along with his colleague Brendan, who is planning to go dressed as Frozen’s Olaf the snowman.

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