‘The real life of Santa Claus’ who was homeless on Christmas presents worth £ 100 of gifts to children

An inspiring man has become a “real Santa Claus” by giving gifts to children in the borough.

Bracknell’s Matthew Cobb donned a Santa costume to play the role.

He used his own money to buy almost £ 100 in gifts for the children of the borough.

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He said, “Being Santa Claus is the most wonderful feeling there is. Seeing the children’s faces light up is heartwarming and brings pure joy.

However, Christmas was not always a happy time for Matthew.

The Bracknell resident has experienced homelessness twice over Christmas so giving children is making it a positive experience.

Gemma said: “Matthew hasn’t had an easy life. He was in care since he was 10 years old and the reason Christmas is such a tough time for him is because he was homeless by Christmas. for 2 consecutive years, which brings back painful memories. at that time of year. ”

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“But he did such an amazing thing this year. He started a toy business that sells toys for next to nothing but retail value to give parents a little helping hand this Christmas.”

The 23-year-old works alongside his father at the head of his own business.

He visited more than 20 families in Binfield, Wokingham and Ascot with 20 more visits to families in Bracknell in preparation before Christmas Day.

Matthew added, “Knowing that I am helping families who may not be able to afford to see Santa Claus is a great feeling to be able to bring some happiness to what has been a difficult and uncertain time.”

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