Friars Square grotto will help a special boy called Stanley

Santa is coming to Friars Square!
Santa is coming to Friars Square!

Santa will parade through Aylesbury on Sunday, November 29 before ending up at the Friars Square Christmas grotto.

This year there will be a £3 entry charge for one child and a £5 charge for two or more with all proceeds will be going to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association to help little Stanley Smith from Aylesbury, who was born with the progressive and incurable condition in 2012.

The grotto will be open every Wednesday to Sunday from 29th November - 13th December and then open every day from 14th December until Christmas Eve.

Last year the grotto raised nearly £6,000 for Scannappeal. This money was used to help buy advanced life support equipment for the neo-natal and maternity units at Stoke Mandeville Hospital for special care babies.

Friars Square will also be opening for late night shopping every Thursday in December and from the 21st- 23rd December.

The centre will join other district and county council-run car parks by offering free parking for shoppers from 4.30pm on the late night Thursdays during the festive season.

Andy Margieson, centre manager at Friars Square said “We’re delighted to be raising money for such a worthwhile cause to help Stanley Smith, a wonderfully brave little boy. We hope that the money raised from the grotto will go towards find a cure for this condition.”

Pulmonary hypertension is raised blood pressure within the pulmonary arteries, which are the blood vessels that supply the lungs.

It’s a serious medical condition that can damage the right side of the heart, making the heart less efficient at pumping blood around the body and getting oxygen to the muscles.

To help Stanley in day to day life he must receive several drugs administered through box which is wired to his lungs every evening, which takes around 45 minutes. Pulmonary hypertension is incredibly rare and affects around 6,000 people in the UK.

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