Customers and staff at Croots Farm Shop near Duffield are
raising money for Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre this festive season by
making sure that Santa’s reindeer are fully fed. 
The farm shop on Wirksworth Road is selling special packs of
reindeer food, which children will be encouraged to sprinkle in their gardens
and near their homes on Christmas Eve. 
Proceeds from the fund-raising effort will be given to Derbyshire
Children’s Holiday Centre, which is one of Croots Farm Shop’s adopted charities
this year. 
The charity was established in 1891 to give disadvantaged
Derbyshire children holidays in Skegness, Lincolnshire, and currently provides
450 holiday places per season for boys and girls aged from eight to 14.
The centre needs to raise more than £150,000 every year, and
generous customers and staff at Croots have already raised several hundred
pounds for the charity since adopting it two years ago.
“Any food the reindeer don’t eat will be scooped up by wild
birds, as the packs contain rolled oats, as well as a sprinkle of something
sparkly,” said Steve Croot, who runs the farm shop based at Farnah House Farm. 
The packs cost £1 and are part of this year’s annual festive
fund-raising at Croots, which also includes a raffle and the chance to win a £50
hamper packed with tasty goodies. More than 70 packets of the special reindeer
food have already been sold.
Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre is one of two charities
regularly supported by Croots. The other is the Shire Horse Society.
Croots Farm Shop is open Sundays from 10am to 4pm (Shires
Eatery until 3.45pm), and from Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm (Shires
Eatery until 4.30pm). It is closed on Mondays.
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