Classic cars geared up for charity drive

The convoy for last year's Santa Cruise, organised by Shoreham company VW Heritage
The convoy for last year's Santa Cruise, organised by Shoreham company VW Heritage

CLASSIC VW cars will go on parade from Shoreham to transport Christmas presents to children with brain injuries.

Shoreham company VWHeritage is gearing up for its annual charity event, Santa Cruise, on Sunday.

People dressed in Father Christmas suits will drive in classic VWs to the Children’s Trust, near Reigate, to deliver money for the charity and presents for the children.

The event, which aims to raise awareness of the trust’s work, is now in its fifth year.

Organisers are hoping that between 80 and 150 people, all togged out in Santa costumes, will take part.

The convoy will start its journey at the VWHeritage headquarters in Dolphin Road and finish at Tadworth Court, where the Children’s Trust is based.

The one-hour drive along A and B roads from Sussex to Surrey spreads good cheer and in past years has attracted a lot of attention from other motorists, pedestrians and children en-route, who appear to love the spectacle.

Marketing manager Andy Gregory has always taken part and says it is an important event in the company’s festive diary.

“We like to put this event on for a couple of reasons,” he explained.

“We need no excuse to drive our classic cars, we are VW enthusiasts after all, so to combine this passion, with something really fun, like dressing up as Santa, en masse, is great.

“The final part of the puzzle is raising money for a good cause. We have supported The Children’s Trust at Tadworth Court for a number of years. Arriving in classic cars, dressed as Santa and bearing gifts for the children, who are mainly recovering, or living with brain injuries, is humbling, and gives a great sense of pride amongst those who take part. Last rear, we raised over £500 for this fantastic charity.

“The visual stimulus of perhaps 100 Santas is clearly appreciated by the children, who may not be able to speak, but there will be lots of smiling and laughing. We would encourage anyone with a classic car, a sense of fun, and a willingness to support a good cause to join us.”

Many of the participants are VWHeritage staff and management but the charity event is open to anyone who is willing to don a Father Christmas outfit for the duration of the afternoon.

Participants pay £14 per car, and £6 per additional Santa suit. People without VWs should not be put off, as the company says there is always room in somebody’s classic VW and non VWs will not be excluded.

All proceeds from the Santa suits are passed directly to the charity and participants can also wrap and donate presents for the children if they wish.

Visit the website to find out more about the Children’s Trust.