The Rotary Club of Derby adapted its annual Santa Sleigh to spread joy and excitement to even more children in 2020 and raise much needed funds for two charities who support some of the most vulnerable local young people. In normal times, the Club Santa Sleigh would visit families in Derby suburbs in return for donations. Due to the pandemic, such close contact was not possible, but organisers were determined not to disappoint children who traditionally enjoy seeing and meeting Santa in the approach to Christmas. The sleigh was able to go out on five of the planned eight routes, with much tighter restrictions and donations being sought by text or via JustGiving.
Working with the charities that we were supporting this year as well as getting some excellent support with the expertise of Derby digital agency Think3, who kindly produced an excellent Derby Santa website, we offered a new service where you could book a personalised letter or video message from Santa.
We also collected over 1800 shoeboxes for children living in Romania and Moldova. The project, led by Rotarian John Worthy, saw some fabulous donations from across Derby, all collected following the tighter restrictions imposed during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The club also made a donation of £420 to a charity supporting older vulnerable people living in Allenton, made a donation of £500 to purchase toy boxes for UK charity Kids Out and also donated a Christmas Tree to All-Saints Church for the community in Mickleover.
Please see the articles below for more details.
more Santa and his Sleigh are having a great time and the response has been fantastic. Thank you to everyone that has come out to greet us.
more This year we collected 1824 shoeboxes. Please get in touch if you would like to provide a box next Christmas
more The Rotary Club of Derby has donated the equivalent of 20 toy boxes to support children living in refuges locally.
more The Rotary Club of Derby donates £420 to STEPS Derby/Chatterbox Cafe to support meals for the vulnerable and elderly in Allenton