Dec 2019


Walter Snowden (2) from Carlton, Eva Stratford-Sleigh from West Bridgford (2) and Bartek Piekarczyk (12) from Mansfield are the three lucky children who have won a variety of gifts in the It’s in Nottingham Letter to Santa competition organised by Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID).

In order to enter the competition, families were encouraged to visit Nottingham city centre to enjoy the magic of Christmas and visit the great range of shops to help children discover their most wanted items before writing their letters to Santa.

Once they’d written their letter to Santa they needed to post it in the special festive pillar box which was on Bridlesmith Gate.

Santa Claus and his helpers picked the winners at random. As Santa is so busy at this time of year, he asked Nottingham BID for help in getting the items that the children had asked for in their letters from shops that are BID members in the city centre and package them up so that they could be presented to the children in time for Christmas.

Nottingham BID, which is a not for profit organisation that operates in Nottingham city centre and supports businesses in the retail, leisure and office sectors, decided to match the overall value of the prize with a £600 donation to local children’s charity, PASIC, which is based at the Children’s Oncology ward at Nottingham Children’s Hospital.

Louise Towse from PASIC and the winners along with their families were invited to receive their gifts at a special event held recently at St James Hotel.

“Congratulations to Walter, Eva and Bartek on winning the competition. We hope that they enjoy the presents that Santa has given them based on the hand written letters he received from them.  It was a pleasure to meet the children and their families and to help Santa bring a smile to these lucky children at this busy time of year” said Richard Johal, a director of Nottingham BID.

“We also wanted to make a charitable donation as part of this initiative and given that it’s Christmas, we decided that local children’s charity, PASIC, would be the perfect recipient,” added Richard.  “The charity does some great work and this will help them to do even more.”

Louise Towse, CEO of PASIC said: “We are thrilled to be supported by Nottingham BID.  Our charity enables seriously ill children affected by childhood cancer to enjoy special times such as those that Christmas brings, which they desperately need and deserve like any other child.  This generous donation will help us provide some special fun respite activities in 2020.”

Walter’s mum Alice Snowden said: “On behalf of Walter I’d like to thank Nottingham BID for all the lovely presents and also for the great time we had when we brought Walter in to receive his gifts.”

Laura Stratford, Eva’s mum said: “We decided to spend the day in Nottingham when we came into the city to post the letter to Santa and we had a great time.  Then when I took the call to say the Eva had won I was completely shocked and also really pleased for Eva.”

Marcin Piekarczyk, Bartek’s dad said: “The competition was a great idea I’m also really pleased that Nottingham BID made the generous donation to charity too.”