Rotary York Ainsty Santa's Sleigh 2017 record-breaking run around York and village streets

York Ainsty Rotarians with Santa and his Sleigh collecting around the streets of York.

It's Santa, the record-breaker

Thanks to the generosity of York and district residents, Rotary York Ainsty’s Santa and his Sleigh had a record-breaking tour in the days leading up to Christmas.

Santa, complete with sleigh and volunteer ‘Elves’, visited city and village streets during December and the communities donated a record-breaking £7,538 to support Rotary and their partner charities.

As the year before, Rotarians combined with city and village organisations, sharing the manning and collection duties. The ‘partner’ charities, which supplied the Santa and collection ‘elves’, raised more than £3,250 for their own funds. Rotary York Ainsty will allocate their share of the total to various charities they support.

In December 2017, the ‘partners’ were…

Ø  York Mind

Ø  Wilberforce Trust

Ø  St Leonard’s Hospice

Ø  Copmanthorpe Scouts

Ø  Manor CE Academy School, Poppleton

Ø  Door 84

Ø  York Community Sparks

Colin Perrott, Rotary York Ainsty president, said: “This year's collection by Rotary York Ainsty has exceeded our expectations and has demonstrated the generosity of the communities where we operate. Rotary York Ainsty and our community ‘partners’ were again gladdened by the welcome received, not only from children, but also from the adults as well.

“Special thanks are due to York City Council (Front Street, Acomb), Morrison’s Supermarket, Acomb, and ASDA at Monks Cross for permitting us to collect in their localities. Raising monies for Community Sparks, Rotary charities, and St Leonard’s Hospice respectively.

“If readers are interested learning more about Rotary and its projects or in helping out /  using their skills and talents on any of our community projects, they should contact perrott.c@gmail.com.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: Rotary York Ainsty is a constituent part of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI). RIBI is a membership organisation where members use their talents and time to improve the lives of those less fortunate, both at home or abroad, while building friendships and ‘having fun’ in the process. Great Britain and Ireland are served by 1,800 Rotary clubs and around 50,000 members.

Rotary International was founded in 1905 in Chicago and is now the world’s largest membership and international service organisation with more than 1.2 million members. There are clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas across the globe.