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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 2022, Black Santa’s Sit-Out is helping charities who support people who arrive as refugees and assist them to settle in to life in Northern Ireland. Another focus for this year is people affect by the cost of living crisis and the charities who help make their lives easier. 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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