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Santa makes surprise visit to Tŷ Hafan with a lift from Wales Air Ambulance

Santa made a surprise visit to Tŷ Hafan to deliver presents to children with the help of the Wales Air Ambulance.

With his sleigh-pulling reindeer catching a final rest before their journey around the world on Christmas Eve, Santa enlisted the help of the Wales Air Ambulance to fly him to the Tŷ Hafan children’s hospice in Sully.

Families at the hospice were told there would be a Christmas party with games, food and a visit from someone extra special. But while some might have guessed Santa would be coming to join in the festive celebrations, they didn’t expect him to arrive by helicopter.

International Wales rugby star Leigh Halfpenny also visited fans at the hospice, based in Sully, and helped Santa hand out presents to add to the surprises of the day.

Angela Hughes, chief executive of the Wales Air Ambulance, said: “The families at Tŷ Hafan had no idea Santa would be coming to see them, or that they’d be able to see our helicopter land right outside their windows, so it really was a surprise when he turned up with Leigh Halfpenny.

“The children were so excited to meet Santa and receive presents from him, especially as he made such a dramatic entrance by coming down from the sky. We are pleased to add a little bit of extra magic to families at Tŷ Hafan this Christmas.”

Sara Webber, general manager, Marketing, Communications and Events said: “Thank you to Santa and Wales Air Ambulance for giving the children and families such a lovely surprise and some early Christmas treats.”

Santa said: “It was wonderful to see all the children’s faces when they spotted me in the helicopter. I enjoyed meeting all the lovely staff and families and delivering their presents.

“Tŷ Hafan is an amazing place and some of the families will be staying there over Christmas so they won’t be home to get all their presents this year.

“Thank you to the Wales Air Ambulance for giving me a lift to the hospice – they’re even faster than my reindeer. I’m thinking of renaming it the Ho-ho-ho-licopter!”

The Wales Air Ambulance is the only air ambulance service dedicated to serving people in Wales during their most urgent hour. Its four bases means its aircraft can reach anywhere in the country within 20 minutes. The Children’s Wales Air Ambulance is the charity’s specialist service which looks after the needs of its youngest patients, from premature babies up to teenagers in need of medical care. This year the organisation introduced new, on-board incubators for vulnerable babies to transport them to hospital quickly using some of the best equipment available in the UK.

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