Santa’s Grotto charity donation for Christmas 2021

You may not know, but Photo Team has been photographing Santa with the children of Maidstone on The Mall Maidstone for the past 21 years!

This year, the money raised from the Grotto has gone to this wonderful local charity:  Dandelion Time.


Dandelion Time works to help children and families who have suffered serious trauma, abuse, or neglect. Often the children have emotional and behavioural difficulties and trust issues.

The team at Dandelion deliver a practical farm-based therapeutic programme with outdoor activities such as gardening, planting, picking fresh vegetables, and caring for the animals.

The location is a wonderfully uplifting site, a work in motion, with chickens, donkeys, guinea pigs, weathered outbuildings and also some which are newly finished.

There are inspirational outdoor areas for therapy too. At the moment there are plans underway to build a rustic seating area in the woods which will include a forest toilet.

Unfortunately, we also saw the remains of what was an important therapy area, a yurt, which was destroyed by the recent storm.

While we were being shown around, we stopped Julie, Sue and Jason in their tracks to take a photo, they are just some of the hard-working team of volunteers involved in helping on the site.

Dandelion Time is supported by some local businesses who hold fundraisers for them and also offer practical help too. A recent corporate team building day saw the team plant trees and another who cleared woodland paths.

Both Gill and I were delighted to have such a warm welcome today from Caroline and Jo. We were so impressed with the whole site and very pleased that the money raised will be very useful and go to such a deserving charity.

To donate to this worthwhile charity or to find out more, please click on the button below:

Dandelion Time


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