CHILDREN and young people at a Sutton Scotney-based hospice were in for a surprise last week as Father Christmas landed a helicopter in the back garden.

A large crowd of Naomi House and Jacksplace’s children and families watched Santa make a perfect landing with the help of officers of 7 Regiment Army Air Corps on Thursday 15 November, and proceeded to clamber out with a large sack of gifts.

The youths with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses got the chance to meet Father Christmas, get a closer look at a British Army helicopter and were given an early festive present.

Charity spokesperson Keith Wilson said: “It was a real treat for the children and young people to be able to get up close to a helicopter in the Naomi House garden.

“We are really grateful to the Army Air Corps for arranging the visit and if they are flying past in the future, they should feel free to drop by for a cup of tea.

“Moments like these help to make Christmas extra special and full of positive memories for the families we care for.”

After the surprise landing, Father Christmas then joined the children for a party at the hospice complete with homemade mince pies.

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