Derbyshire children’s charity Treats is to benefit from festive fund-raising at Croots Farm Shop.

The farm shop at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, Duffield, has picked Treats Children’s Charity as its chosen charity for the next 12 months, alongside the Shire Horse Society, which it has supported since opening in June 2008.

Croots has kicked off its support with a £500 donation to Treats and has launched its fund-raising effort with a draw for a two-foot high chocolate Santa and the sale of 2010 Croots calendars.

A late night opening with 10% discount on shopping from 3pm to 8pm on Thursday December 10th is to be a focus for fund-raising.

“We like to raise money for charity at Croots, and have decided to support Derbyshire children’s charity Treats for the next 12 months, beginning with a £500 donation and a festive fund-raising effort,” said Croots owner Steve Croot.

“We will be donating £1.50 from the sale of each Croots calendar to Treats, as well as all the proceeds from the draw for the chocolate Santa. We are expecting that our late night opening discount evening on December 10th will be popular and that customers will dig deep to support this very worthwhile charity.”

A Christmas cheese tasting event will also take place at Croots on December 10th from 2pm, featuring five different festive cheeses.

Treats Children’s Charity was launched more than 22 years ago by a group of professional businesswomen in Derbyshire to raise money for the children of Derbyshire and the surrounding region. Over the years, it has donated thousands of pounds to needy causes.