A CHARITY has received a cash boost from visits to see Father Christmas.

Middlesbrough's Hill Street Centre organised a free Santa's grotto but parents were asked to give a donation to the Zoe's Place Trust, which is planning to open a hospice for special needs babies and terminally ill children later this year.

Emily Chubb, who will be one of the first infants to benefit from the hospice, was presented with a £4,000 cheque.

The youngster has suffered ill health throughout her life, her treatment having already included a tracheotomy and requiring constant attention.

The hospice will make a big difference to the family's lifestyle.

Her mother, Joanne, said: "It will give us a chance for some respite, and for my husband and I to do things with our son, which we can't at the moment."

Emily has a brother, seven-year-old Bradley.