CHARITY-minded people in Wrexham are being urged to get into the Christmas spirit this year by donning their skates and a Santa suit in a bid to raise cash for local charities.
The Wales Air Ambulance charity is organising a Santa Skate for Good Causes at the temporary ice-rink - which will be situated in Queen's Square in Wrexham town centre - on Sunday, December 14, between 9am-noon.
Anyone wanting to get involved will be asked to pay a £10 registration fee, and skaters will be given a free Santa suit, a medal and a certificate, as well as the obligatory drink and a mince pie!
All the money raised will be divided between the Wales Air Ambulance and individual charities chosen by the participants.
Anna Evans, north and mid-Wales fundraising manageress for the Wales Air Ambulance, said: 'This is a really unusual event and we are hoping that hundreds of people will take part. The sight of hundreds of Santas in ice-skates will definitely be a first for Wrexham, it should be a wonderful scene.
'We want other charities to benefit from the Santa Skate as well, so sponsorship money will be divided between us and charities chosen by each participant. This event is definitely going to be lots of fun!'
All proceeds to the Wales Air Ambulance will be used to maintain the new emergency helicopter for north and mid-Wales, which is based at Caernarfon Airport. This service, which was launched in July 2003, costs £750,000 to fund every year. For more information, or to register a place on the ice-rink, call (01352) 755422.