AN ENCHANTING Christmas grotto featuring Santa’s post box, festive lights and Granny Claus raised more than £1,000 for a young Aberlady girl battling neuroblastoma.

Granny Claus – Margaret Kent, grandmother of three-year-old Flora Gentleman – has officially closed her winter grotto after transforming her home into a festive wonderland for the children of Dirleton in aid of her granddaughter, who was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma last April.

Margaret’s home in Dirleton was a hit with locals and raised £1,360 in total for Flora’s campaign.

Stephanie Kent, Flora’s mum, said: “Santa has retired to his bed to recover from all of this year’s Christmas antics!

“We would like to thank everyone who came to visit the grotto and to everyone who kindly donated decorations and lights to help us create this magical scene.

“A whopping £1,360 was raised for Flora’s campaign, including some very generous donations. We really enjoyed creating Granny’s Grotto, and hope you had just as much fun visiting.

“Thank you.”

The Gentleman family’s Christmas appeal raised more than £10,000 in December through online and text donations.

Stephanie added: “We cannot believe that such a large amount of money was raised in such a short space of time.

“It shows the power of social media and we are so grateful to everyone who donated, you are all so amazing.

“Now we look forward to fundraising in 2022.

“Fundraising doesn’t have to be a big job or fancy event.

“It can be something as simple as a sponsored walk or run.

“Every contribution to Flora’s campaign matters.

“We will not reach our £350,000 target without your help!”

To donate to Flora’s fund, visit