Johnny Mercer MP spent an afternoon in Whitleigh to join in the local Christmas celebrations.
He started the afternoon at Woodlands Special School, attending their fantastic Christmas Show, where children from across the school took part in a variety of performances. Afterwards, he meet with children at Whitleigh Primary School to receive a letter from members of Years 5 and 6 for the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP. He finished the afternoon at the Whitleigh Community Christmas Fayre, taking part in the week-long Santa Cycle on Whitleigh Green.
The Santa Cycle was organized by the ‘I Love Life’ campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of being active and doing even a little bit of exercise. There was the added incentive of cycling to pull Santa’s Sledge to Whitleigh so he could arrive in time for the Christmas Fayre. Johnny Mercer joined the residents of Whitleigh by putting in some miles towards the 500-mile cycled to bring Santa to Whitleigh. He also donated the toys given to the local children meeting Santa in his grotto.
After taking part in the cycle ride, Johnny enjoyed the festivities at the Christmas Faye, talking with local residents and business owners, and visiting the various stalls and exhibits.
Speaking after he cycled and joined in the festivities at the Christmas Fayre, Johnny Mercer said:
“I always enjoy my visits to Whitleigh Green, especially at Christmas when the Fayre is held at Porkies. Dave Griffiths, Sharon Cross and their team always put on a great event for the local community and I am proud to help with the sponsorship money needed to put on such a wonderful community event and to be able to donate the grotto toys for all the children to receive a gift from Santa.
“Well done to everyone involved with the Santa Cycle and for cycling 500 miles to get Santa to visit the Whitleigh Christmas Fayre. Events like these are a great way for the community to come together to celebrate, and to promote healthy living at the same time. The Santa Cycle this week and the Christmas Fayre today have certainly kicked off the festive season in Whitleigh.”