Kirkcaldy Santa helping to raise cash for children’s cancer charity

Jock Allan (71) has been donning the red suit and hat to raise money for several years after visiting the Royal Hospital for Sick Children when a family member fell ill.

Jock not only imitates Santa to raise money for charities, but also organizes other fundraisers throughout the year.

In July, he made over £1000 with a sponsored haircut.

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Wetherspoons staff Calum Todd and Dana Paterson with local regular Jock Allan as Santa raising money for charity. Photo: Fife Photo Agency.

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He said: “So far this year I have raised around £350 with my Christmas photos.

“I go to Wetherspoons every day at 6pm for a few pints of cider and put on my Santa suit and if anyone wants a picture I ask them to donate £1.

“I’ve been a regular there for about 12 years and I think I’ve raised somewhere around £1200 dressed as Santa Claus.”

Jock came up with the idea of ​​raising money for children after talking to a nurse at the hospital in Edinburgh.

“My son’s stepdaughter ended up in the hospital and when we went to visit there was a young boy who was very ill. The nurse told me that no one has ever visited him.

“This really touched my heart and then I decided I was going to try to help sick children.

“A lot of people try to buy me drinks, but I tell them to put the price of a pint in the donation box because I want to try and collect as much as I can – and I only have two pints of Magners anyway.”

Jock is already planning his next Easter fundraiser by dressing up as one of the characters people think he looks like.

“I’m thinking about dressing up as Uncle Albert from Only Fools and Horses next year,” he said.

“People come up to me all the time and say ‘you look like Santa Claus’ or ‘you look like Captain Birdseye’ – I even have people pulling my beard to see if it’s real!”

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