The Yard Brings Christmas Home

Disabled children across Scotland are in for a festive treat, as they await personalised videos and letters from the man himself!

In the absence of parties, The Yard invited the families it supports to sign up for a free personalised greeting from Santa, in the form of a hand-written letter or video, filmed within The Yard’s outdoor Solardome-turned-grotto!

The video also features ‘Signalong’, a key word sign-supported communication system based on British Sign Language used by people with additional speech, language and communication needs.

Although the deadline for videos has now passed, there is still a chance to sign up for a personalised letter in return for a donation to The Yard.  By doing so, families will help support The Yard’s ongoing efforts to provide both in-person and online support for families across all three of its centres in Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy and Dundee.


Santa busy recording personalised festive videos for The Yard families!


So far, over 100 families have requested a video or letter, arriving through inboxes and letterboxes by mid-December.

Celine Sinclair, Chief Executive of The Yard added, “As we know, Christmas will be rather different this year but, whatever the circumstances, children should still be at the heart of the festive season. With restrictions on parties and Santa’s grotto visits, we’ve come up with a lovely treat for the children we support, creating wonderful personalised messages guaranteed to bring a smile to their faces, not-to-mention the families and friends sharing it with them.

“On a more serious note, it’s a great way for our community to support The Yard at the end of a particularly challenging year where our services and fundraising efforts continue to be impacted by the effects COVID-19. By taking part, you’re helping ensure that we are there for disabled children and their families as we welcome a new year and beyond.”


Brodie Eaton-Markham (7) with his mum Hayley Eaton – Christmas, 2019.

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The Yard is an award-winning charity, running adventure play services for disabled children, young people and their families in the east of Scotland. It offers creative, adventurous indoor and outdoor play experiences in a well-supported environment. It provides care, support, and opportunities for fun and friendship. Besides informal respite, meeting other parents who face similar challenges lets them build a network of support and understanding that helps ease the difficulties they face. The flagship Edinburgh centre was refurbished by DIY SOS The Big Build in 2012. The Yard Dundee opened in 2015, followed by The Yard Fife in 2016.

The Yard was awarded the Nancy Ovens Positive Support for Play Award 2016 and the Herald Society Award for Improving Young People’s Lives in 2019. Celine Sinclair, Chief Executive of The Yard, was awarded Leading Light at Scottish Charity Awards 2017, Director of the Year at Edinburgh Chamber Business Awards 2018 and Director of the Year – Small Business at IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards 2018.