A sleigh fit for Father Christmas has been built by the Farnworth community to spread some festive cheer!

Tesco in Farnworth puts on free activities for locals over the Christmas period.

This year, the community teamed up to build a sleigh which can be used year after year.

Wendy Greenwood, Well-being Champion at Tesco Farnworth, was behind the idea and discussed the feedback with Dave Toner, the store general manager.

Dave agreed that a sleigh was a great way to bring the community together each Christmas.

Wendy reached out to businesses in the area to help create it.

Martin Axford director at Anthony Axfords, supplied the materials whilst Ellie Barlow and Simon-LLoyd-Holt, both Tesco Farnworth colleagues, helped with sewing and materials.

Martin Burgess, a joiner and partner of Karen Potter, a Tesco colleague, built the sleigh whilst David CEO of Paint Vega provided all the paint to make this come to life.

The Bolton News: Karen Potter and Sabrina Bravin in the sleighKaren Potter and Sabrina Bravin in the sleigh (Image: Wendy Greenwood)Lastly, Abakhan fabrics donated foam for cushions and fabric to furnish the sleigh.

Speaking about the creation of the sleigh, Wendy said: “The sleigh will be a permanent fixture at Christmas giving the Farnworth and Bolton community a free Santa experience for years to come.

“The sleigh has been generously supplied free of charge with all the help and support by the people involved from start to finish, we were even inundated with help from the community with support to help make this a reality.

“We are so proud of what we have done this time, and it is more than just for the children, it is for the whole family.

“It has been amazing, the generosity has been overwhelming, none of the businesses wanted to ask for any money because they knew it was going back to the community.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff and the community who have offered the help in some way.

The sleigh will be inside Tesco Farnworth at the front of the store for the remainder of the Christmas season and people of all ages are invited to take pictures on there.

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