For many people, the tradition of the Rotary Club’s Santa and Sleigh visiting local communities signals the start of the festive season. More importantly, the visits have raised tens of thousands of pounds for good causes over the years.
Sadly, the prevalence of coronavirus has meant that this year we won’t be able to undertake the usual sleigh rounds with door to door collections. To do so would put at risk our club members, volunteer collectors and the public.
However, we’re still hoping to take Santa and his sleigh on a number of “no stopping” tours around local communities. Although we won’t be knocking on doors, we hope the presence of our sleigh will cheer onlookers in these difficult times.
To help compensate for the loss of income from the sleigh rounds, we’re also planning to increase the number of static collections as these are easier to put risk assessment measures in place for these, to protect both helpers and members of the public.
The details of Santa’s Sleigh tours and of static collections will be announced next month.
Kip Herrington, The Rotary Club of Rushcliffe