FOLLOWING an appeal in the Solihull News, local businesswoman Sharon Spriggs has stepped up to the plate, and offered her assistance to help raise funds for the Shirley Christmas Lights Campaign.
And she’s enlisted the help of some rather special friends.
Sharon, who is the managing director of Special Letters Ltd, had been made aware of the funds deficit by Rachel Lowe, of the Shirley Town Centre Partnership, and seeing the desperate appeal, she decided now was the time to sprinkle a little magic.
For many years Sharon and her staff have worked alongside the Tooth Fairy, Birthday Fairy, Easter Bunny, and Father Christmas, writing letters on their behalf and sending them to children around the world.
“I guess you could say I am Santa’s secretary,” Sharon said.
“We run the Post Office for all the Magical Beings including the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny, and we ensure all the letters they write to children get to the right place at the right time.
“Everyone agreed Shirley without Christmas lights would be a very sad sight indeed, so we decided we would write a range of letters from some of children’s favourite characters, starting with a letter from Santa, which will hopefully help raise some much needed money towards the £10,000 required to display the lights this year.”
Although the official launch for the letters won’t be till the end of October when people will be able to pick up order forms from any store displaying a Santa letter poster, Sharon and her special friends are urging mums, dads and grandparents to place their order now either by phone on 0121 689 8983 or via the website set up especially for the occasion www.specialoccasionletters.co.uk so the money can be raised in time.
Each personalised letter will come bound with ribbon, sealed with wax and bear a North Pole Postmark. A pouch of magic fairy dust will also be included in each letter.
Letters cost £5.50 of which £1.50 will go towards the Shirley Christmas Lights Campaign. Letters will be despatched during December.