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New home needed for Rudolph
A DESPERATE plea has been issued to help find a new home for Rudolph, who has been made homeless from his Ringwood stable.
The ageing reindeer, which has been at Santa’s side in the grotto during the town’s annual Christmas parade for years, has lost his home at the Raymond Brown site following plans to redevelop the stable he has been kept in.
The announcement has come as a bitter blow to Rudolph, who is suffering from a nasty skin condition and drooping head, and he has since become depressed.
And now his red shiny nose is fading and losing its shine.
If his health deteriorates further, Santa fears that Rudolph will not be able to accompany him for at the Rotary Club’s Christmas Carols in the Market Place.
In an email to the Forest Journal Santa said: “Rudolph could be left out to graze on Bickerley, but his health would deteriorate further, and he certainly is not fit enough to return to Lapland.
“I am very worried about him. He has been looking poorly for some time now, his head is beginning to droop badly, and his skin has become all patchy and his nose has lost its red shine.
“The trouble is, he has become homeless, and that makes him very, very depressed. Rudolph has been my companion here in Ringwood for a great number of years now.
"He loves to stand on that Ringwood Brewery lorry on Christmas Eve and watch all the boys and girls and mums and dads bring all their gift parcels for me to deliver to needy children later that night.
“Please will someone offer him a new home?”
A text from Santa’s iPhone yesterday added: "Rudolph actually joins in with the singing of the carols too, his favourite is The Holly and the Ivy, and he particularly likes the ‘running of the deer’ line.”
The Rotary Club are desperate to hear from anyone who can give Rudolph a retirement stable or garage so Rudolph can keep safe and warm.
Rotary Club member Trevor Williams said: “Rudolph needs a space away from the elements, so he can continue to escort Santa at Christmas in Ringwood. Actually, a space in someone's garage would be most helpful.”
Santa tweeted this morning: “I can assure you all, I will be there in the Market Place Christmas Eve, with or without Rudolph, and I will not let the children down.”
If anyone can help Rudolph’s plight or help with the Christmas celebrations, email Caroline Millman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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