Lancing workers wear Santa suits to raise cash for charity

Coastal Drains staff dressed as Santa for St Barnabas
Coastal Drains staff dressed as Santa for St Barnabas

FESTIVE fundraisers from a local drain-servicing firm wore Santa suits to work on Friday to raise money for a local children’s hospice.

Staff at Lancing-based Coastal Drains got into the Christmas spirit by getting dressed up in red hats and white beards in order to raise cash for Chestnut Tree House.

The workers spent the whole day clearing drains and digging holes in full costume, much to the surprise of their customers and passers by.

Fundraising organiser Julie Child convinced the crew to take part.

“They asked ‘how can we unblock a drain in a Father Christmas outfit?’,” said Julie.

“I said just get on with it.”

Julie said customers found the fancy dress quite comical.

“I wish I had been out there with them. It would have been fun,” she said.

Julie, who works in mental health, also went to work dressed as Santa.

“Of course everybody noticed,” she said. “People were looking at me as if to say ‘what is she doing?’”

In previous years Coastal Drains has raised money for St Barnabas House Hospice by holding a fun day, and Julie said she hoped they would do something again next year.

The causes are both ones that are close to Julie’s heart, as members of her family have been cared for at Chestnut Tree House and St Barnabas House.

Speaking about the staff at St Barnabas, Julie said: “They put so much effort in. I couldn’t have wished for a better place for my father to have been in that situation.

“They are such a comfort to people who are losing relatives.

I think they do a brilliant job.”