Chris Moose is here!

Lesley Anderson and Kris Moose, dancing.
Lesley Anderson and Kris Moose, dancing.

A PAIR of Arbroath ladies are using a novel Christmas theme to raise money for research into heart conditions.

Mother and daughter Helen and Lesley Anderson hit upon the idea of raising money for the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Mending broken hearts’ campaign with the help of Chris Moose, the Christmas Moose.

The pair sourced Chris from one of their suppliers and set the £300 and six foot stuffed toy moose in the window of their shop, ‘At Home’ in Market Place.

Customers and passers-by are being encouraged to pop in and enter a prize draw to win Chris, who also doubles as an advent calendar.

In the two weeks that Chris has been on display over 200 people have signed up for the prize draw for £1 each, and the draw will be made by the Arbroath Herald’s advertising manager Jason Black on December 23.

Helen said: “We were looking to do something to raise some money for the British Heart Foundation, we saw him and thought, right, we’ll do that!”

Lesley added: “We’ve always wanted to sell these things but we just know we’re never going to sell a £300 moose!”

Chris has certainly made an impact, Helen said: “Kids are loving him, they come in and just say ‘wow’!”

She added: “We’re keen to raise as much as we can going to such a good cause. It’s a fun way to raise money and has caused a lot of interest and that’s brought lots of attention to the British Heart Foundation if nothing else.”