MORE than 250 primary school pupils were treated to a special Christmas experience thanks to a Daresbury firm.

Ombudsman Services, based at Daresbury Park, hosted the festivities at their office last week.

While at the firm's office, children from schools across Halton got the chance to meet Father Christmas in his grotto and took part in a number of activities including facepainting, biscuit making and Christmas bingo.

Staff members from Ombudsman Services also got the chance to swap their normal business attire for some festive fancy dress.

Simon Thornton, senior leader for legitimacy at Ombudsman Services, said: “This week has been enjoyable and rewarding in so many ways, not just for the children but for colleagues who were able to put a smile on many faces.

“All the schools that attended were fantastic and really enjoyed their visit to our grotto.

“Activities like this show our strengthened commitment to local communities in the area and the support we offer throughout the year, which includes staff visits to help with projects, opening up our doors to host groups and events, much-needed donations and more.”

Gill Gleave, business manager at Windmill Hill Primary School, said: “We were so grateful to be invited by Ombudsman Services to join their community Christmas activities.

“The children were so excited to join in the festive fun, and meeting Santa made it all the more special.

“The event was fantastic and the dedication of the staff to make a difference to our children was amazing.”