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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 2020, Black Santa’s Sit-Out is supporting charities which are helping those most impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. The funds raised will go to supporting the elderly, the young, people affected by unemployment and homelessness, mental health and the Arts, with the donations offering a much-needed boost in such a difficult year. 


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