Sidley pair’s donation of hundreds of presents

Carlisle Chris and Sheila Wilkinson giving out presents to children outside Subway, Bexhill.''Brienna Webster is also pictured receiving a present. SUS-151223-122052001
Carlisle Chris and Sheila Wilkinson giving out presents to children outside Subway, Bexhill.''Brienna Webster is also pictured receiving a present. SUS-151223-122052001
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A couple have helped spread festive cheer by donating Christmas presents to children across town.

Chris Selkirk, better known as Carlisle Chris, and Sheila Wilkinson, sat in their front garden in Sidley dressed as Father and Mrs Christmas last Monday (December 21), handing over gifts.

The pair then did the same thing outside Subway in Bexhill town centre two days later (December 23).

In total, more than 200 presents were donated to youngsters by the pair over Christmas.

Chris, 65, said his and Sheila’s generosity went down a treat in town.

He told the Observer: “We donated more than 40 presents on the Monday in our front garden in Pankhurst Rise and 190 outside Subway on the Wednesday.

“A man came up to us while we were outside Subway and gave me £10 so we could buy more presents for the children.

“Everyone was smiling and cars were sounding their horns in support as they drove past us.

“People said we were doing a fantastic thing.

“I am from Carlisle as well and my city is suffering because of the floods so I also needed to do something to cheer myself up.

“We asked Subway’s permission if we could sit outside there, as we wanted to bring a bit of cheer over Christmas and they said it was fine.

“Seeing a lot of smiles on a lot of local children’s faces was nice and made it all worthwhile.

“Children really enjoyed it and we received a lot of good feedback.

“We usually spend Christmas on our own with our cats.”

Chris started his philanthropy 12 years ago, donating gifts to impoverished children in Bulgaria while out there on holiday.

He said: “I have nine costumes, as I dress up when I go out there. Someone at Balkan Holidays, whom we holiday with, made the suggestion 12 years ago.

“I went to Bulgaria last June, visiting two orphanages and giving away presents, and this year will be going in August.

“Customs control now know me at Varna airport because I always travel dressed as James Bond.

“This last year I went out dressed as a pirate and we had pirate-themed presents to give away.

“We gave a pirate outfit to a little boy and it turned out to be his birthday.

“I love making people smile. If it had not been for Balkan Holidays, I never would have been able to do this. I am now a godfather to two of the children out in Bulgaria.

“Life is all about giving and if you can bring joy to a few children, then it’s worth it.”

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