Added on: 3rd January, 2018 by Derek Hope - Kent Photonews
Rotary Club of Sidcup pulled out all the stops this Christmas and raised over £11,000 all of which will be donated to local charities and organisations, with some going to further the work of International charities. Now, the club is inviting local charities and organisations to apply for a grant.
Members and volunteers were out most evenings in December with their sleigh all lit up and playing Christmas music and carols and with their very own Santa they visited almost 7,000 houses in the evenings. There were also appearances at the Sidcup Christmas Extravaganza event in Sidcup High Street and collections were also made at Ruxley Manor Garden Centre and railway stations.
“It was a magnificent effort by our members” said President Peter Wilkes “and luckily the weather was kind. It was good to see the smiles on the faces of the children, as families and communities gathered outside their homes to welcome Santa, who had a few words for all the little ones and distributed sweets. Some families even brought out mince pies, but Santa couldn’t eat any whilst wearing his beard, but his elves managed to eat them all up! We had around a dozen or so Rotary members out most nights, along with a driver towing the sleigh and a navigator to make sure we didn’t deviate from the route. We would like to have visited more streets, but of course as it gets later, children are off to bed, so a couple of hours each evening was about the average. Thanks to the kindness of the people of Sidcup, many local charities will benefit and we can’t thank them enough for their support of our efforts”.
Find out more about the Rotary Club of Sidcup www.rotaryclubofsidcup.org
Picture shows: Santa gets ready to set off for another evening touring the streets of Sidcup. Picture by Derek Hope-Kent Photonews
Over the past years, these are some of the local charities that have been supported from donations raised by the Rotary Club of Sidcup:-
Advocacy for All, Bexley Group of Diabetes UK, Carers’ Support Bexley, Carlton Road Christmas Lunch for the elderly + Carlton Road Centre (Outing) Chislehurst & Sidcup Sea Cadets, Cleeve Park School (Art competition prizes), Demelza Children’s Hospice, Falcon Spartak Gymnastics, Friday Stroke Club, Kemnals Own Scout Group, Lark in the Park, London Air Ambulance, Marlborough School, (Falconwood Centre) MCCH Midfield Primary School, Royal British Legion (Sidcup), Sidcup Community Garden Project.
International Charities included : Child Rescue Nepal, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Disaster Aid UK, Disaster EC East Africa Crisis, Falconer Trust, Footsteps International, International Children’s Trust (ICT), Kaloko Trust UK, Mercy Ships UK, Nasio Trust, Practical Action Tea Leaf Trust.
National/District Charities: Rotary Club of Delft, Rotary Club of Kungsbacka, Rotary Club of Medway - Hospice Holidays.
National and District Rotary Charities – Annual Programme Rotary Foundation, End Polio Programme, Rotary Club of Butare , Global Grant Rotary District 1120 Charitable Trust (Polio), Simon Cowell Trust (Cystic Fibrosis), Prada Willi Syndrome, Prison Fellowship, RNLI.