Santa's Gatelodge raises £42,000 for charity

Santa's Gatelodge raises £42,000 for charity

Pictured at iCare's Volunteer Presentation Evening, celebrating the success of Santa's Gatelodge are Laura McDonald, iCare Development Manager and some of the local pupils who volunteered their time a

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter

BASED  at the Gatelodge in Milford, iCare has announced a record final fundraising figure for its annual Christmas Extravaganza –Santa’s Gatelodge.

The Charity raised a staggering £42,000 over the 19 night event, which will be used to grant iCare Wishes in local communities across Ireland. 
Launched in 2010, Santa’s Gatelodge has grown in popularity to become the Christmas destination for families across the Country. The Christmas wonderland allows its guests to make a wish around the magical Christmas tree, visit Santa’s house to meet Mrs Claus, share a story with the Fairy Godmother, set off by tractor and trailer to visit Elf school and finally meet Santa in his magical workshop.

The final fundraising amount was announced at iCare’s recent volunteer presentation evening, where iCare Development Manager Laura Mc Donald sincerely thanked each and every volunteer, many of whom offered between 50 and 100 hours of their time. 

She said, “Without your continued dedication and commitment to iCare we simply wouldn’t be able to run Santa’s Gatelodge.  You go above and beyond to support our charity and give back to your local community and I am delighted to celebrate and recognise your commitment this evening by presenting you with your Millennium Volunteer Award.”

Speaking about those that travelled to visit Santa’s Gatelodge, she said “iCare would sincerely like to thank all the families who came to visit the Gatelodge without whom this fundraising achievement would not be possible. We are already looking forward to seeing everyone again at Christmas 2018 so stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for ticket release dates.  We will also be sharing details of the iCare Wishes we grant throughout the year.”

Formed by a group of Homecare Independent Living (HCIL) employees in 2010, iCare is a registered charity committed to delivering acts of kindness in communities across Ireland.   To learn more about iCare, please visit If you would be interested in volunteering with iCare, please email

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