Christmas comes early to the Activity Centre

December 2010

Santa and Alan Shearer visit the Alan Shearer Activity Centre

Christmas came early for disabled children from Hadrian School in Newcastle and Greenfields School in Hebburn. They came to a Christmas party at the Centre and met two surprise guests.

Not only did Santa Claus make a special appearance, to hand out selection boxes to the children, but the Centre's own name-sake, football legend Alan Shearer, also turned up to give Santa a helping hand.

The children's faces lit up as they were taken to one of the sensory rooms, which had been decked out as Santa's grotto, and came face to face with Father Christmas himself.  Another surprise was in store when local hero, Alan, turned up to help give out the Christmas goodies.

Alan said, "It's always great to be here, I really do love coming to the Centre. It has such a warm feeling to it and it's been lovely to see the smiles on the children's faces today as they got their gifts from Santa. This really is a very special place."

Jackie Wood, Higher Level Teaching Assistant at Greenfields School told us: "It's been a fantastic experience for the children. They have all thoroughly enjoyed being here today and also meeting Alan Shearer. The Centre is a valuable place for children to come and provides excellent respite care."

Coralie Forbes, Teacher at Hadrian School commented: "I really would like to thank the team at the Alan Shearer Centre for inviting us here today. The children have had a lovely time, the facilities here are excellent and it has benefited them all being here. Alan Shearer was lovely with the children and spent time with each and every one of them."