In­cred­i­ble gen­eros­ity once again

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - EDUCATION MATTERS - By Janet Cooke - email: [email protected]­in­ter­

Ahuge thank you to every­one who has sup­ported our Ro­tary Clubs in the area dur­ing 2018. The gen­eros­ity of peo­ple from all walks of life in giv­ing what they can en­ables us to do so much good. Long may we con- tinue to be able to do this for our com­mu­nity.

2018 was re­ally spe­cial for St Ives Ro­tary Santa and his elves as they reached two huge mile­stones. Firstly, the won­der­fully gen­er­ous res­i­dents of St Ives and sur­round­ing vil­lages do­nated over £10,000 for the first time ever. With Gift Aid added in it took the to­tal to over £12,000 - an un­be­liev­able amount. Sec­ondly, since 2005, the stew­ard­ship of Santa’s Sleigh has been in the safe hands of Ro­tar­ian Ken Mil­lard and his wife Val. They have put in a huge amount of hard work, as well as con­stant good hu­mour, to make it the suc­cess it is. This year’s record do­na­tions mean that, since 2005, St Ives Ro­tar­i­ans have col­lected over £100,000.

Credit must go to Ken and Val, but she said: “It’s not just us who have made the Santa Sleigh such a suc­cess, it is the en­thu­si­asm of the whole club and our friends. It has been a joy to have been part of this team. The amount col­lected over the years, has meant we have been able to help many lo­cal peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Mem­bers of Deep­ings Ro­tary and Li­ons clubs strode out for nearly 1,000 miles bring­ing Christ­mas cheer to peo­ple of all ages in and around the Deep­ings area. They also raised a record-break­ing amount of just over £10,000 for their lo­cal char­i­ties in the process. Sup­ported by In­ter­act, fam­ily and friends, they took their Santa sleigh out in all weath­ers through the streets of Deep­ings and sur­round­ing vil­lages. The foot slog­ging marathon was well worth the ef­fort, as the Santa sleigh set a new record for this pop­u­lar an­nual fundraiser.

Ro­tar­ian Carl Mid­g­ley said: “Ro­tar­i­ans, Li­ons, their fam­i­lies and friends all be­lieve tak­ing Santa on his rounds is won­der­ful. Wit­ness­ing the sim­ple joy on the faces of young and old alike when they see Santa come down their street is bril­liant.”

Lion Vince Ster­land added: “We had a bril­liant col­lec­tion this year with amaz­ingly only two wet nights.”

Peter­bor­ough Ro­tary Club cel­e­brated their Christ­mas with a spe­cial din­ner where 75 peo­ple were en­ter­tained by the Sal­va­tion Army Brass Band – a won­der­ful start to Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions. Car­ols were played and din­ers sang along whilst do­na­tions (with Gift Aid) given dur­ing the din­ner were counted. Ro­tar­i­ans were de­lighted to present the Sal­va­tion Army with just over £1,300 for their work. They were even more de­lighted to re­ceive it. This is a tra­di­tion of the Peter­bor­ough club and one they hope to con­tinue for many years.

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