The familiar jingle of festive bells will be returning to Nuneaton’s streets next month thanks to friendly local Rotarians.
Members of The Rotary Club of Arbury will be joined by volunteers when they take their sleigh out and about in December as children gear up for some pre-Christmas excitement – all in the name of fundraising.
It is hoped funds will top last year’s £1,420 raised over the four nights of collections.
The local routes, which get under way at 6.15pm, are as follows. . .
December 14th – Milby Drive and cul-de-sacs off Pallet Drive (from Milby Drive junction to Woodcote Avenue) and Woodcote Avenue.
December 16th – Windermere Avenue, Ennerdale Avenue, Ambleside Way, St. Nicolas Park Drive and Buttermere Avenue.
December 19th – Brookdale Road, Shanklin Drive, Eastfield Road, Southfield Close, Westfield Close, Kingsbridge Road, Ventnor Street, Ryde Avenue., Carisbrook Road and Queensway.
December 21st – Romsey Avenue, Glenfield Avenue, Shawe Avenue, Castle Road, Bramdene Avenue, Winchester Avenue, and Fox Avenue.
Arbury Rotary Club hopes to help a host of local causes by contributing towards the projected £200,000 raised across the Heart of England Rotary region by the traditional sleigh run initiative.
More ways to donate, introduced since the pandemic, include contactless payments and QR codes.
Heart of England Rotary spokesperson, Colin Winstone, said: “Our Rotary Clubs have been helping Father Christmas raise funds to support those less fortunate by means of his sleigh runs for over 25 years all across the West Midlands. Now a firm favourite with local residents, the sound of the sleigh arriving excites children and adults alike.
“The proceeds benefit the Rotary Club’s chosen local community charities, including foodbanks, toy boxes, children’s parties, supporting the elderly, winter warmth projects and many more. There are several Rotary-organised Santa sleighs throughout the Heart of England and everyone’s support is much appreciated.”
Roger Coopey, Arbury Rotary Club Secretary, said: “We are once again looking forward to bringing Santa back to the streets of St. Nicolas Park and Weddington in December when all donations will go to local good causes and Rotary Charities.
“And people will be able to follow his route each night on the Club’s Facebook page using the Santa tracker. Alternatively look at https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=347 to find the tracker link.
For more information about the work of The Rotary Club of Arbury or how to join, visit here