Convoy causes stir as VW enthusiasts make Santa trip

VW Heritage enthusiasts at The Children's Trust at the end of the annual Santa Cruise from Shoreham

VW Heritage enthusiasts at The Children's Trust at the end of the annual Santa Cruise from Shoreham

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A CONVOY of Volkswagen vehicles caused a stir as it travelled from Shoreham to Tadworth.

The annual Santa Cruise, organised by Shoreham firm VW Heritage, saw more than 70 owners and enthusiasts make the festive trip to The Children’s Trust.

Marketing manager Andy Gregory said it had been one of the best, raising hundreds of pounds for the children’s charity.

“This was our fifth year of organising the Santa Cruise, and arguably one of the best,” he said.

“We had a fantastic turnout of classic VW vehicles and Santas to drive them.

“We are pleased to say, including a donation from the VW Heritage directors, we raised over £500 for this very worthy cause.”

The route took the Christmas convoy from Dolphin Road in Shoreham to the A24, heading north before turning off to go towards The Children’s Trust headquarters, Tadworth Court, in Surrey.

Mr Gregory said other drivers and their passengers pointed, laughed and waved as the procession created a seasonal stir on the roads of Sussex and Surrey.

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.

Mr Gregory said the enthusiasts needed no excuse to drive their classic cars, but it was good to combine this passion with something fun and raise money for a good cause at the same time.

The cars carried gifts for the children, who are mainly recovering from, or living with, brain injuries.

They were not necessarily able to speak but there was lots of smiling and laughing, showing how much the youngsters appreciated the visit by so many Santas at once.

Tadworth Court is a specialist centre that aims to ensure all children with brain injury have the opportunity to live the best life possible through care, rehabilitation, education and research.

Every year, the trust helps hundreds of children and young people and their families from across the UK. Visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk for more information.