A Winter Adventure
Manchester Volunteers Organise a Winter Adventure
On Saturday 25th November, myself and thirty other guests boarded the Santa Special ready for our exciting Christmas train ride to Rawtenstall and back. The weather was pretty dull however the activities on board the train lifted everyone’s spirits and kept them entertained.
Once we found our carriage and got settled, Santa’s little helpers danced down the isles with biscuits and juice for the children, and a cherry and mince pie for the grown-ups. Soon after, a jolly man in a big red coat made his way to each table to hand out goodies to the girls and boys (but only if they were on the nice list)! The excitement was apparent just by looking at their faces!
The fun didn’t stop there … after the children had opened their presents, the on board magician grasped the attention of the guests by performing magic tricks – even Thornton the Therapy dog got to take part!
Time was quite literally flying by as we enjoyed the last leg of the journey listening to Christmas carols from a traditional brass band. I had also organised a game of ‘guess the name of the teddy bear’ and sold some raffle tickets for a Christmas Hamper. Once back at Bury Station, the weather had brightened up and we all said our goodbyes.
All in all, the afternoon was exciting, fun and festive and the feedback from guests was really positive. It was a great way to get into the Christmas spirit and allowed dream families to meet up and spend some quality time together.