|Coventry 2 Tone legend Neville Staple brought a special touch to this year’s ‘Hillzmas,’ a free fun event for all the community in Hillfields.
The former member of The Specials and patron of Hillz FM radio station dropped by to join local families in Hillfields Village Square for some seasonal cheer.
Hot food and drink was provided, with music from St Mary and St Benedict primary school pupils, Southfields primary school and presenters from Hillz FM radio entertaining the guests. Every child received a gift from Santa and had the chance to ride around the square on specially prepared hand-decorated bikes.
WATCH provided a free raffle for all families to enter, with three hampers (Donated by Al-Halal), Vouchers for Co-op and Wilkinson’s and free hair cuts from Show me the way barber shop.
up to 200 children received a free gift from Santa with Sainsbury’s donating a number of selection boxes.
Hillfields Pharmacy and Sahara Euroasia, both local shops donated items to a free lucky dip for children.
Hillzmas was staged courtesy of funding from Whitefriars Housing and Neighbourhood University, a project run by Coventry University that strives to raise the aspirations and skills of those in the city.
The event organised by WATCH, (Working Actively To Change Hillfields), the community lead organisation that aim to improve the lives of those living in the area.
|Santa with pupils of St Mary and St Benedict primary school as they receive their free gift.
Catherine Collis, assistant director at Whitefriars, said: “We were delighted to host this event which helps bring the community together; it also gave local people an opportunity to talk to us about Gateway, Whitefriars’ new centre for Coventry’s homeless people, which opens in Hillfields in April 2015.”
“Christmas can be a difficult time of year for people, with pressures to spend money they often don’t have. Hillzmas is great because it gives local families the chance to have a good time together without breaking the bank.”
Trisha Evans from WATCH, added: “We’ve had a great relationship with Whitefriars and Neighbourhood University and it’s fantastic that through our partnership, we can bring events such as Hillzmas to the community.”