A husband and wife from Pakefield who give children a memorable Santa experience have made another generous donation to Lowestoft Lifeboat.

For the past eight years Paula and Andy Bond have been spending their time during December entertaining children with a ‘Santa Experience’.

Andy, a former welder and pipe fitter, takes on the Santa role every December and together with his wife is kept busy all month long.

Mr Bond said: "We have had a really busy time and have taken our Santa experience to Lowestoft Library, garden centres, schools, hotels and care homes as well as to the homes of members of the public.

"The home visits have been a real hit again this year and we are travelling further afield for them.

Lowestoft Journal: Andy and Paula Bond in their Santa outfits. Picture: Andy BondAndy and Paula Bond in their Santa outfits. Picture: Andy Bond (Image: Andy Bond)

"When we arrive, we are usually greeted by the excited children and the hour-long visit usually includes storytelling, explaining the meaning of the Christmas tree, reading poetry from Santa’s scroll and reindeers."

Bookings are already coming in for next Christmas and demand has grown for the Santa experience - so much so that they already have a waiting list for this year.

Mr Bond added: "Sadly we lost our son Aaron in 2015 and he was involved with the yacht club safety boat so we thought making a donation to the Lowestoft lifeboat would be fitting."

Lifeboat operations manager Paul Carter said: "We are delighted to have the Lowestoft town mayor present to witness the presentation of the wonderful cheque for £1,500 from Andy and Paula.

"This sum will help to support the volunteer crew to continue saving lives at sea.

"Andy and Paula have been regular supporters of Lowestoft Lifeboat and over the years have raised thousands for our charity for which we sincerely thank them."