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Santa’s Gatelodge at Milford raises record-breaking £42,000 to grant iCare Wishes

Special Millennium Award for volunteers who ensure success of annual event

Pictured at iCare’s Volunteer Presentation Evening, celebrating the success of Santa’s Gatelodge are Laura McDonald, iCare Development Manager and some of the local pupils who volunteered their time at the event.

Milford-based charity iCare has revealed a record £42,000 was raised during its annual Santa’s Gatelodge initiative.

The process from the 19-night event will be used to grant ‘iCare Wishes’ in local communities across Ireland.

Launched in 2010, Santa’s Gatelodge has grown in popularity to become THE Christmas destination for families across the country.

The Christmas wonderland allows guests to make a wish around the magical Christmas tree, visit Santa’s house to meet Mrs Claus, share a story with the Fairy Godmother, set off by tractor and trailer to visit Elf school and finally meet Santa in his magical workshop.

The final fundraising amount was announced at iCare’s recent volunteer presentation evening, where iCare Development Manager Laura Mc Donald sincerely thanked each and every volunteer, many of whom offered between 50 and 100 hours of their time.

She said: “Without your continued dedication and commitment to iCare we simply wouldn’t be able to run Santa’s Gatelodge.

“You go above and beyond to support our charity and give back to your local community and I am delighted to celebrate and recognise your commitment this evening by presenting you with your Millennium Volunteer Award.

“iCare would sincerely like to thank all the families who came to visit the Gatelodge without whom this fundraising achievement would not be possible.”

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