Bridlington school gets its own personal Santa

Caretaker Daniel Cheeseborough dressed as Father Christmas at Bay Primary School.
Caretaker Daniel Cheeseborough dressed as Father Christmas at Bay Primary School.

HE’S making his list ... and checking it twice – but he’s not trying to find out who’s naughty or nice.

In fact Daniel Cheeseborough will be 
tending to his usual daily routine working as a caretaker at Bay Primary School in Bridlington.

But Daniel will be doing his two shifts a day at the school dressed as Santa Claus, all to raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

“With the younger children, I imagine they will probably get quite excited about seeing Santa around school every day,” said Daniel, 39.

“The older ones will probably just think – what’s he doing? But I am excited to start doing it. I might have to keep a naughty list!

“I’ve got the beard and the suit, I’m all equipped.”

Daniel will wear the Santa suit during his two shifts a day from December 3 until the school breaks up for Christmas on Friday, December 21.

This is in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a charity close to Daniel’s heart.

He said: “My nephew was killed in a car accident in 2010, and Yorkshire Air Ambulance were straight on the scene trying to help.

“I’ve always wanted to do something for them to say thank you.”

Daniel says he has received a mixed reaction from some of the younger members of his family since he decided to do it.

“My daughters are 12 and 15. They both think I’m a bit mad to be doing it,” said Daniel.

Emma Hobbs, headteacher at Bay Primary School, said: “We think it is fantastic that Daniel is doing this.

“Our children will be getting behind it and we always enjoy supporting local charities.

“We are going to be collecting for the charity and I think we will be making the Yorkshire Air Ambulance one of our nominated school charities for this year.”

Daniel is looking for sponsorship and has set up a Facebook page, ‘Bridlington Yorkshire Air Ambulance Fundraising Society’, to help people donate. People can also pick up sponsor forms from Bay Primary.