Making such a difference to deprived kids

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A children’s charity has given its thanks after a fun-filled race helped hundreds of deprived children enjoy a Christmas they’ll never forget.

The Santa Dash – which saw many red Santas run two-and-a-half miles through the streets of Leighton – took place on November 29 and raised thousands for charity KidsOut.

And a Santa’s Grotto at the same event also raised a sackload of cash, meaning bosses at the group were able to use the money raised to make a real difference to children in the community.

Children’s parties, cinema tickets, and toys for little ones who have nothing, were all bought for the festive season.

Gordon Moulds, CEO of KidsOut, based in Church Square, said: “We’ve taken out children with Downs Syndrome, children who’ve lost their parents, and we’ve given them a special day out at Christmas.

“We’re really grateful for the race, and every penny raised has gone to help the children. Every penny we got in Santa’s Grotto we’ve used to help buy toys for Christmas.”

KidsOut work with some of the most vulnerable children in society, including those who have suffered abuse or domestic violence in the home.

They arrange treats and fun activities to help the children to enjoy a normal childhood.

Among those activities is giving out Christmas presents in homes, just in time for Santa Claus’s visit.

Mr Moulds added: “It is shocking in this day and age, that we still have children suffering on our doorstep. We support refuges where these children are taken and we give them a chance to have their own toy or day out, just to show them that someone cares.

“It’s a very dark place for many of the UK’s children and every year as the Christmas lights turn on we know that for many children the Christmas season is one of violence and even terror. We want people to help bring some light and joy into their lives.”

For more information about KidsOut, see www.kidsout.org.uk