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Gretna Gateway to host free festive parties for youngsters

The local shopping village and local radio station, CFM Cash for Kids have teamed up to host children's festive parties to give little ones across Gretna and the surrounding areas an extra special Christmas.

On Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 December, Gretna Gateway Outlet Village and its nominated charity of the year, CFM Cash for Kids, will be welcoming more than 100 youngsters, aged between five and 13, from around Dumfries and Galloway as well as Carlisle to enjoy a festive treat including pizza, face painting and a visit from Santa himself.

Lisa McNab, Gretna Gateway Outlet Village marketing manager, said she is looking forward to seeing young ones getting into the Christmas spirit. "Earlier this year, we chose CFM Cash for Kids as one of our dedicated charities, along with Dumfries and Galloway Canine Rescue Centre, so we're really pleased to be able to team up with them to deliver this fantastic initiative," said Lisa.

The children's charity runs Mission Christmas, which is known as the biggest toy appeal in UK, with an aim to give gifts to disadvantaged children during the festive period. "In support of the Mission Christmas campaign we really wanted to do something extra special, so we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to host free celebrations for a selection of those left fortunate who are involved in the gifting initiative.

"Across the two days, we will have 103 children from Dumfries and Galloway and Carlisle coming along to our Pizza Express restaurant, where they will be able to enjoy a delicious pizza and enjoy a balloon modeler as well as have the chance to have their face painted. Plus, Santa will be paying them a visit to hear what is on their wish list and give out chocolate treats for them to take home.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to Pizza Express for helping us to host our Christmas parties and we hope the youngsters have a fantastic time at Gretna Gateway Outlet Village."
CFM Cash for Kids Charity Executive, Sara Oldham, said: "We're delighted to be associated with Gretna Gateway and was thrilled to know 103 local disadvantaged children will be at Pizza Express celebrating with a specially arranged Christmas party," she said.

"These children will be so excited and will create a special memory for them. We would like to thank Gretna Gateway for their amazing and generous donation to CFM Cash for Kids."
22 November 2017
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