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Shop's grotto a gift for appeal.

A CITY newsagent will be opening a grotto to raise cash for charity on Saturday.

Malcolm Cheema, aged 52, who has run Costcutter in Elm Tree Avenue, Lime Tree Park, Coventry, for 22 years, plans to turn his shop into a winter wonderland from 2pm until 5pm.

Father Christmas will have his own special space among the groceries and will hand out gifts to youngsters.

Entry to the grotto costs pounds 1.50 and all the money raised will be matched by Mr Cheema and donated to the Coventry Myton Hospice Appeal, to build a hospice in the city.

Mr Cheema said: "Every year, the Trees and Cotes Neighbourhood Watch get people involved in raising money for charity.

"This year, Richard Nash suggested we do something for the hospice and we thought, why not make a grotto and people can enjoy Christmas here? It's important to do something for the community."

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D23492_1. SANTA SHOW: Father Christmas with Dylan Cheema, aged eight, Malcolm Cheema and Richard Nash. Picture: RICHARD NELMES
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 16, 2004
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