IN A BLACK Santa hat with flashing reindeer ears, Thornton Heath’s own superhero Stormzy threw a Christmas party for his home town.
The MOBO award-winning grime artist laid on unlimited hot chocolate, mandatory chicken nuggets, sweet treats, a bouncy castle, raffle and some extra special guests for the free party at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls.
One mum said: “Stormzy is the kindest guy. He is so down to earth and inspiring. He took time to meet everyone and was genuinely pleased to talk to all. He did a prayer at the end for all which brought a tear to my eye.
A Very Merky Christmas, was the first ever Christmas party held by Stormzy’s charity, Merky Foundation, with free tickets available for people from Croydon.
Attendees were treated to games, workshops, a tombola and a performance from the Norbury High School for Girls Celeste choir who sang: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
Stormzy told The Big Issue: “I used to come to Fairfield Halls when I was in primary school, we’d sit on this stage and do performances. So I said every year, I want to do a day with all the families and all the kids where everyone can leave with good memories.”
The Merky Books team also donated 500 copies of their first children’s book Superheroes: Inspiring Stories Of Secret Strength as part of the event.
The comic strip-style book is a celebratory collection of modern-day heroes curated by Stormzy, including athlete Dina Asher-Smith, comedian Mo Gilligan, writer Candice Carty-Williams, Great British Bake Off star Liam Charles and former footballer turned pundit Ian Wright who attended the party with Stormzy’s other celebrity friends including rappers AJ Tracey and Wretch32.