It’s not Santa’s usual form of transport, but this festive fella has been right at home on the bus in Sheffield.
Father Christmas – also known as Richard ‘Dick’ Hargate – has swapped his sleigh for public transport and ferried passengers around the city for years to raise money charity.
And at the end of this month, he will be retiring from his job as a First bus driver after 35 years.
Dick’s daughter Lucy Scriven said she was eager for passengers to make Santa’s last bus ride on Christmas Eve one to remember by digging deep for a good cause.
“For the last 15 years the good people of Sheffield will have spotted Santa driving his First bus round Sheffield, raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Catcliffe,” said Lucy, aged 34.
“This is the last year that he will have been seen driving his bus as Santa, as he retires at the end of December.
“He would like to thank all the people of Sheffield who get on his bus for donating so generously.”
Dick, 63, of Bannham Road, Darnall, has donned his Santa uniform to raise thousands of pounds for the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in honour of his wife, Carol, 61, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1997.
Lucy said he has always been amazed by the generosity of his passengers.
“They’re so kind,” she said.
“Dad always says those who have got nothing give the most.
“When he does the routes through the poorest areas of Sheffield he always gets the most money.
“Also, whatever he has raised on his bus First have matched it and donated the same so he does really well. I’m so proud. He does a lot and people think a lot of him.”
Dick enjoyed his final journey as Santa on a First bus route on Christmas Eve.