March Lions boost for local charities

Members from the March Lions and March Rotary clubs present the proceeds from the Santa Sleigh runs.
Members from the March Lions and March Rotary clubs present the proceeds from the Santa Sleigh runs.
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Spring may be just around the corner – but Christmas came very early for four local charities thanks to the success of a festive event.

March Lions and the Rotary Club of March joined forces last year to host their first charity Santa Run together, which saw Santa visiting streets around the town in his sleigh in the run-up to Christmas.

The effort raised a magical £1,000, and last week the two clubs donated it to their chosen charities.

The East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH) in Milton, March Young Carers, Young People March and the Cambridgeshire and Suffolk blood bike charity, SERV, each received £250 during the presentation at the town’s Oliver Cromwell Hotel.

Lions secretary Derek Rutter said the charity run, which ran for three nights in December, was such a success that they are hoping to make it an annual event.

He said the clubs funded a special sleigh for Santa to ride on and featured colourfully-lit reindeer with the help of FCS Construction.

Mr Rutter, who dressed as Santa on two of the three nights, said the clubs were delighted to have raised £1,000 for good causes.

He said: “It was absolutely fantastic and so well supported. People came out of their homes to see us and on one corner there were 30 to 40 people waiting for us.

“Raising the money for the charities and seeing the children’s faces light up when we went round made all the hard work worthwhile.”