Banstead Rotary raises £10,350 for charities over Christmas!
A group of volunteers at Banstead Rotary Club have raised a magnificent £10,350 for local charities over the Christmas period thanks to the generosity of the people of Banstead!.
Banstead Rotary’s main Christmas activity is the Santa Sleigh which tours around the streets of Banstead Village, Nork, Tottenham's, Tadworth and Preston Hall from 1st December for three weeks up until Christmas.
Santa Sleigh has been touring the streets of Banstead for a great number of years, since the 1950s; and is a popular festive feature in the community, Santa gives out sweets to the children and Christmas Carols are played to announce Santa's arrival.
Other Christmas activities this year included participation in the Banstead Village Christmas Shopping Evening on 2nd December, with Santa magically switching on the lights on the Village Christmas tree ,provided by Banstead Rotary.
The Club also arranged for Santa to visit, with his helpers, Waitrose Banstead and at ASDA in Burgh Heath and provided Christmas Trees to seven of our local schools.
These activities plus Gift Aid resulted in bringing the total of the raised funds to over £10,350.
The charities to benefit include Home Start , Dyscover, Age Concern Banstead,Macular Society, National Autistic Society Surrey, Epsom and Ewell Foodbank, Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper, Diamond Riding School, Q.E.F, Princess Alice Hospice, Crossroads Care Surrey, Transform Housing and Support, Maggie’s at The Royal Marsden Hospital, Scouts, The Beacon School and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The distribution of the funds to charities will take place at Cuddington Golf Club over a celebration dinner on 1st March.
We have just put our sleigh away for next year with the satisfaction of completing another successful year in fundraising.
For us Rotarians it is very important to support local charities with our fundraising and know that we are helping those in need. What is more we have fun, too!
We thank everyone who has supported us during this period and we are grateful to Waitrose Banstead and ASDA in Burgh Heath for giving us the opportunity to do collections.
We would love to see more people joining Rotary. We have a friendly and welcoming Club and want to extend an invitation to everyone who is interested in learning about how Rotary makes a difference in our community. All are welcome and just contact us via www.bansteadrotary.com”