Fourteen local charities have benefited from Christmas cheer, over two months late.
A total of £12,500 was collected on South Ribble Rotary Club’s sleigh tours throughout December, and £7,500 of that money has been handed out to charities including the NSPCC, Derian House, the Space Centre and Legacy Rainbow House in Mawdesley.
Father Christmas’s sleigh made journeys to various supermarkets across the South Ribble and Chorley areas, as well as being pulled down residential roads for families to enjoy. Members of charities, such as the NSPCC and the Scouts helped collections.
Richard Lea, president of the Rotary Club of South Ribble, said: “We are very grateful to these supermarkets for enabling us to spread Christmas cheer and for giving the opportunity to the people of this area to donate thousands to many very worthwhile local children’s charities”.
Recently at a special dinner at the Railway Inn in Leyland, representatives from the charities received cheques.
The remaining £5,000 will be spent on the work of Rotary, including local schools competitions such as the Rotary Young Musician Competition, Rotary Youth Speaks public speaking competition, Rotary Young Chef and the Rotary BAe Systems Technology Tournament. Rotary also send young people on outward bound leadership courses.
Mr Lea added: “In Rotary we change lives and support the community and the money donated by the people of this area enables us to do this, so many thanks to them”.