Reindeer Rob brings Christmas to town

Rob Armstrong.
Rob Armstrong.

A successful Northumberland businessman is helping local youngsters at Christmas.

LA Taxis director, Rob Armstrong, from Ponteland, who is also a director of leading recruitment agency MTrec Recruitment, has a special place in his heart for the streets and places where he grew up in.

For the last ten years he has visited Cowgate Nursery School every Christmas to donate a selection box to every child in the school and his most recent donation saw him paying for the hire of two reindeers for a children’s party.

The children’s party at Kenton Park Leisure Centre in the Newbiggin Hall area of Newcastle celebrated the centre’s 30th year of helping the community and Rob was one of the first people to use their facilities in his younger days.

As well as the reindeer, the party had funfair rides, bouncy castles, Santa’s grotto and a magic show to entertain more than 200 children.

Leisure centre manager, Bobby Richardson, said: “Rob does a lot of things for our community throughout the year that go unheard. For example, he’s replaced a bicycle that was stolen from a disabled lad, helped a family with a respite holiday in a caravan and supplied an iPad for a youngster with severe sensory difficulties.

“With his help at the party, he’s really brought Christmas into our community.”