Christmas Float & Store Collections December 2020

Our annual festive fund raising event


Pictures above are from previous years event   

 

   45th Rotary Christmas Float - One to Remember !

This year was always going to be challenging - and so it proved !

For 45 years our Christmas float has toured the streets of Upminster and Cranham bringing smiles and joy to one and old.

Havering Rotary Club decided that we needed to adapt our usual procedures so that we  could take our float round safely for the benefit of the whole community in these difficult times.

We delivered around 9,000 leaflets, and even persuaded Santa to make a video to announce our timings and new routes on our Facebook page.

A Tracker device was also fitted to the float, so Santa's progress could be followed.

This worked particularly well, and it was a delight to see so many excited children (and adults) waving and dancing in their gardens, and by their front gates, as the non-stop Santa drove down their street.

Part of the restrictions meant we were unable to collect door to door as normal.

This meant that our loacl charities, First Step, St Francis Hospice and Riding for the Disabled, will not receive quite as much as they normally do, but our leaflet encouraging online giving worked well, and we raised just over £1,900 for these good causes.

We thank you once again for your fantastic support, and if you missed the float and would still like to donate to help our local charities, you can still do so at :

https://justgiving.com/rotary-haveringeast

Colin Coe

Havering Rotary Club

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