The real Santa? Dad buys Christmas presents for needy children

Real-life Santa spends £10K on gifts for needy children: Gardening firm boss fills 22 trolleys at toy shop after selling 800 wooden tree ornaments

  • Reese Fletcher, 30, a father-of-two from Leeds, motto is it’s ‘nice to be nice’
  • His staff at Fletcher’s Fencing, Decking and Garden Maintenance built the trees
  • He will deliver the £10,470 worth of presents to needy kids on Christmas Day
  • Next year, he hopes to go ‘even more mental’ with his charity work 

A father-of-two from Leeds turned into a real-life Santa by buying £10,470 worth of Christmas presents for children.  

Reese Fletcher, 30, said this was only possible thanks to selling 800 wooden Christmas tree ornaments. 

His staff at Fletcher’s Fencing, Decking and Garden Maintenance made the trees during their off days in November.  

Reese Fletcher from Leeds turned into a real-life Santa by buying £10,470 worth of gifts thanks to his gardening firms’ sales. 

Mr Fletcher and his staff at Fletcher’s Fencing, Decking and Garden Maintenance filled 22 trollies with £8,000 worth of toys and £2,000 on bikes for charities.

They will give out the gifts on Christmas Day to the children who need a special Christmas the most. 

He told MailOnline he gave the gift of giving this Christmas as ‘it’s nice to be nice’. 

And would never want his two daughters, Lola, 10, and Isla, seven, to have ‘nothing’ at Christmas. 

‘My kids never go without,’ he said. ‘It’s nice to be of service. I’m just a nice guy I guess.’ 

He was also sparked into action last year after being touched by a video highlighting underprivileged children. 

Originally, he was going to give £50 but came up with a cunning plan after seeing all the wood just lying there in his fencing and gardening yard. 

Mr Fletcher vows to go even bigger next year after his wooden Christmas tree success. 

Next year, the 30-year-old promises to go ‘even more mental’.

He then decided to make Christmas trees out of the piles of wood. 

‘I wasn’t sure I’d make anything out of it’, he said. 

He sold the last of his 800 trees last week, which along with donations raised £10,740 for presents. 

The staff and him then filled 22 trollies with £8,000 worth of toys and spent £2,000 on bikes for charities. 

Mr Fletcher will give out the presents on Christmas day. 

Next year, the 30-year-old promises to go ‘even more mental’.   

‘It will be even bigger with a couple of celebrities,’ he said. ‘I can’t tell you who yet. You’ll just have to wait for next year.’  

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