Lord Mayor’s Santa Saunter raises a fantastic £740 for Downs Syndrome charity!


Last weekend saw around 150 people dressed in their most festive outfits join the Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Julie Flaherty and Santa Claus for a saunter around Portadown People’s Park – all in aid of Downs Syndrome Association NI.

Thankfully the weather was kind and everyone enjoyed getting out in the fresh air and involved in some exercise in the beautiful park, all while supporting a very worthwhile cause at the same time.

A fun warm up session complete with Christmas music was held in the 3g pitch before the Lord Mayor and Santa led everyone on a walk through the park, followed by teas and coffees!

An amazing £740 was raised for the Downs Syndrome Association NI, which is a charity very close to the Lord Mayor’s heart.

“I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to come along on Sunday and take part in the ‘Santa Saunter’ – it truly was a brilliant afternoon and I was so happy to see you all there,” commented the Lord Mayor.

“It was lovely to do something a little bit different that could involve a wide range of people – from little ones right up to those not so little ones! And as well as having fun, meeting Santa and enjoying a little exercise we were able to raise a fantastic amount of money for my chosen charity. The generosity that was shown is heart-warming and this money will go a long way to helping those who need it.”

This event was organised by the Lord Mayor’s Office, Portadown People’s Park and the Sports Development Department at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.