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The 'Black Santa' tradition at Belfast Cathedral was started in 1976 by Dean Sammy Crooks. The local press described Dean Crooks as Belfast's Black Santa because of the iconic black robes worn during the sit out.

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For 2023, Black Santa’s Sit-Out is helping charities who support local people who have been particularly impacted by the cost of living crisis. Another focus for this year is people affected by drug abuse and the charities who support them and their families. In addition, the appeal will be providing funds to small charities across Northern Ireland. 


Every penny you donate goes directly to the charities. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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