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Santa’s new sleigh helps raise £2,000

After a huge effort from club members the Deben Rotary Santa sleigh was refurbished in time to take to the streets in December and raise over £2,000 for charity.

As Christmas approached, Coronavirus was not the only potential problem that faced Deben Rotary as they started to organise their annual Santa sleigh runs around Martlesham, Wodbridge and Melton. After years of service the sleigh itself was run down and badly in need of repair.

The club appealed to local businesses for help and received donations from and the Woodbridge 41 Club and an anonymous donor for repairs, while Bye Engineering carried out mechanical work free of charge.  Thanks to this support and hours of work from club members the sleigh was fully refurbished in time to welcome Santa as he took his place on the sleigh and joined club members on their visits around the local area.

The Festivities started with a static visit to Woodbridge on the 12th December and then, over the course of six nights, Santa, the sleigh and club members visited streets in Martlesham and Melton putting a smile on faces young and old, and raising an amazing £2,000 as they went. The money has since been added to Deben Rotary’s charitable trust fund and will be distributed between worthy causes.

Richard Boother, President of Deben Rotary, said: “The club put a huge effort to get the sleigh refurbished and out into the local community. I would like to thank our three very generous sponsors and our club members and friends for putting in around 600 hours of work into the refurbishment and sleigh runs themselves. I hope all those who saw it were pleased that we could get round; we were very thankful for people’s generosity and are looking forward to doing it all again next Christmas!”

The Deben Rotary Just Giving page remains open if anyone would still like to donate. A link can be found on the club’s webpage at www.debenrotary.org,uk.

Like most charities our fundraising is down on last year due to the cancellation of so many events so we are working on some new “virtual” ideas in the short term and some exciting projects for when we are free to meet up again. We will be promoting all our meetings and fund-raising events on the web page – just follow the link www.debenrotary.org,uk. If you would like to join any of our meetings please contact us and we will send you an invite.

The club is also always on the lookout for new members so if you are interested please visit the website for more details.