Littlehampton shop gifts Christmas presents to children - 'Truly humbling'

A Littlehampton business held a Christmas event over the weekend – where children were greeted with presents from Santa.

Father Christmas made a surprise early visit to Going Spare – a vehicle parts shop in Wick Street – on Saturday evening (November 25).

The shop closed early so it could be transformed into a Santa’s grotto between 5 and 7pm

“Free presents for all the children, Santa will be here and lots of activities next door in Wick Hall, including a bouncy castle,” the business wrote on social media.

Celia Thomson-Hitchcock, who runs the Ahead To Toe Hair and Beauty Salon with her husband, ‘had the honour’ of helping out at the event.

They handed out more than 400 Christmas presents to the local children, with mulled wine, sweets and biscuits – ‘all courtesy of Roger Arthurs and his team’.

Celia said: “It was truly humbling to see the joy on the children’s faces when meeting Father Christmas but was out weighed by the magical effect on the adults who were spellbound by the event too. A wonderful way to start the festive season.”