Yorkshire children supported by ten charities and organisations across the region recently went on a skyward search for Santa, marking the start of the festive season with Monarch and Leeds Bradford Airport.

More than 150 children, their carers and parents joined the special ‘Search for Santa’ flight.

Beforehand, there was a children’s party in the Yorkshire Premier Lounge with face painters and a magician entertaining guests before they boarded the flight and staff from across the airport dressed in costumes to ensure there was plenty of Christmas cheer throughout the day. Once in the air, the Monarch flight soared above the Yorkshire landscape and Santa made a surprise appearance with gifts presented to all of the children.

Pauline Prow, chair of the Monarch Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be working with Leeds Bradford Airport again this year on the Search for Santa flight that helps make Christmas extra special for remarkable children and their families. Our teams on the ground and in the air have loved making it a day to remember for everyone including those families from our Monarch Foundation charities – Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support and Blind Veterans UK. The children really are an inspiration to all the teams involved.”

Kayley Worsley, PR and public affairs manager for the airport, said: “The day was a tremendous success. We’re really pleased to have once again hosted this lovely day with Monarch to help create special memories for children and their families facing incredibly tough times. It was such a fun day and we hope that everyone has really enjoyed their Search for Santa flight.”

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