A toddler became the UK’s youngest real-life Santa after raising enough money to buy selection boxes and goodies for every child at a Birmingham Special School, with Sir David Jason saying ‘He who dares wins’.
With help from his proud parents, two-and-a-half-year-old Charlie Yates, who attends the Little Learners Playgroup at Ogley Hay Nursery in Walsall, recorded a short video and within a week, his heart-warming story enlisted support from friends, CEOs and even Arabs in Dubai.
Cadbury’s have given the young Santa in training a discount so he can fit even more chocolate goodies in his sack. And, to add a dash more magic, Rubies UK have kindly donated a Santa suit for Charlie’s Dad. Charlie has agreed to the perfect elf for the surprise visit on Thursday.
Some well-known celebrities have spoken out about Charlie’s kindness.
John Challis, who played the infamous ‘Boycie’ in Only Fools and Horses, added: “Charlie might only be small, but his efforts will certainly go a long way in making sure that some children will be much happier this Christmas. He really is a little superstar”.
Sir Ken Dodd said: “It is always heart-warming at this time of year to hear of those who do unselfish things to help others, but this young ‘Diddyman’ has proved to be exceptionally kind in his wonderful
efforts to help so many others and I am delighted to shine a very large and bright spotlight upon him. Well done to a young man with a big heart”.
Sir David Jason said: “What a lovely story hearing about young Charlie Yates being the youngest ever Santa. It just goes to prove, he who dares wins! Lovely Jubbly. Well done Charlie”
A journalist who came across Charlie’s mission was so touched by his act of kindness, she included a small snippet in the latest issue of the national magazine, ‘Best’.
Charlie’s extremely proud Dad, Darren, said: “on Christmas Day, children across the world will be so excited to unwrap their presents, but for some children and their parents, unwrapping that box of chocolate from Charlie will mean so much more.
“Charlie really is my little superstar, and I am one really proud Dad”.