Rochdale shoppers have helped raise more than £2,400 for Springhill Hospice and Manchester Children’s Hospital when visiting Santa and his Grotto at Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre.

Not only that, thanks to the incredible generosity of the centre’s customers, 1,000 gifts were donated to its Giving Tree as part of Hits Radio’s Cash for Kids Mission Christmas campaign.

Lorenzo O’Reilly, Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted with how successful both our charity campaigns have been over the Christmas period. Our shoppers never fail to demonstrate their willingness to be a part of our fundraising initiatives and so many turned up over the festive period to meet Santa.

“We have been especially blown away by the number of toys given to our Mission Christmas campaign. These have now gone on to help ensure youngsters across Greater Manchester have had a Christmas they really deserve. Thank you to everyone who was involved.”

Springhill Hospice is a local organisation that has supported people and their families suffering from life-limiting illnesses. Manchester Children’s Hospital provides highly specialised care for children and young people across the North West as well as the UK and even internationally.