#fundraiserfursday: Special Christmas Eve edition

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As Christmas falls on a Friday this year, we’re bringing you a very special #fundraiserfursday before everyone gets too full of mince pies and mulled wine. And let’s face it, it doesn’t get more Christmasy than Santa himself!

Tony Beecher is 35 and originally from Cardiff, Wales. He now lives in Edinburgh with his family. Tony has been driving buses since 2008 and always chose to drive dressed as Santa throughout December, bringing that extra bit of Festive cheer to the people of Edinburgh and East Lothian. It wasn’t until 2014 that Tony had the brilliant idea to start becoming Santa for good causes.

Tony tells us “The Yard were my employers’ Charity of the Year and a charity I feel strongly about, but I also wanted to raise funds for Children 1st another cause I feel strongly for.

Children 1st

Children 1st were established in 1884 as the Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (RSSPCC). They became Children 1st in 1995 and did this to make the point that children are at the heart of everything they do. Children 1st aim to ensure every child gets the love and nurture they deserve, helping Scotland’s families to put children first with practical advice and support in difficult times. And, as they say, “when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover.

The Yard

The Yard is a safe environment in Edinburgh where children and young people with disabilities can experience play with their siblings and friends without feeling different. They run family, school and club sessions, saying “Our greatest accolade is a sea of smiling faces across the adventure play ground and children and young people sharing, space, time and playful laughter together.”

Tony’s work

When people ask Tony why he chooses to fundraise and the answer is always the same “because I can and anyone can“. Tony raised over £1,000 for the combined causes last Christmas and his fundraising is going from strength to strength.

Tony concludes by saying “I don’t know what lays ahead with this raise and I haven’t set any targets but I will be in full Santa mode, bell ringing, carol singing and being as merry as can be. If you see me don’t be afraid to Say “Hi” or “Ho”

How you can help

You can support Tony in his fundraising by donating to his Virgin Money Giving page.

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