SANTA Claus took time out of his busy schedule this Christmas to pay a visit to some excited young Knutsfordians and one special ‘angel’ in particular.

Don Giovanni, on King Street, hosted a Christmas Angels Party on December 22 in aid of the Royal Manchester Hospital Charity.

The event was organised in support of nine-year-old Knutsfordian Niamh Curbishley, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, and whose wish it was to give something back to the children’s hospital and her fellow patients.

Around 100 people turned out to support the event, with young guests tucking into food, facepainting, films and dancing before getting a surprise visit from Santa and his sack full of presents.

After the event, Santa, along with Niamh and event organiser Angela Jafari, visited young patients at Royal Manchester Children Hospital armed with presents donated by parents and Don Giovanni.

Angela said: “Thanks to all parents and their lovely angels for supporting the Manchester Children's Hospital Charity.

“Niamh was so happy and proud of the event. She is so brave and is a fighter. I know how difficult the situation can be and I support her and the hospital with pleasure and encourage our guests to do the same.

“Our guests are always to generous and are always happy to give.”

Don Giovanni has supported Niamh throughout her battle with leukaemia. In the summer, Niamh was the guest of honour at the restaurant’s first birthday celebrations – which coincided with Niamh’s ninth birthday – and thousands of pounds were raised to support children with cancer.

Below is a video from the Christmas Angels Party and a thank you from Niamh.  Video Credit: Richard Price