THE organisers the upcoming Frost Fayre in Whitchurch will give three local charities a welcome gift this Christmas.

Next weekend Whitchurch Rugby Club will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with food and goods stalls, a bar and Father Christmas's grotto.

Visitors can pay £5 to visit the grotto and in the spirit of giving, a large portion of this money will be given to charity.

Chairman of Whitchurch Rugby Club, John Oakden, said the move was an opportunity to 'give something back'.

"Santas grotto is ready and we’re praying for snow," he said. "Why not come down to the rugby club and have a picture taken with Santa with his rosy red cheeks and sparkly beard.

"We’ve been talking to the Rotary Father Christmas and we want to help him out so come and see Santa, every child gets a lovely gift but you get the chance to give something back.

"We know charities are struggling this year so we are going to donate the profit from seeing Santa to the local charities who need our support.

"Visits to Santa will cost £5 the majority of which will be given to the charities.

"This year is definitely the year to pay it forward and that’s what we’re doing, Whitchurch Rugby Club may be struggling but there are people who need it more – Happy Christmas."

The fair will open from 2pm to 6pm on both Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13.