Reflections on Santa in 2020.

With Christmas behind us, we take a look back at our time with Santa and his sleigh


Santa has now settled down for a well earned rest after a busy December, so it seems like a great time to look back on our time with him and our refurbished sleigh.

As you would expect, December 2020 was rather different to normal, but we really wanted to be able to cover our usual Santa tours if possible.

We made some changes – mainly that we didn’t knock on doors, instead our extended team of Elves popped leaflets through the doors on our planned routes, letting people know all the details of our planned visits. We upgraded our sound system, so people could hear our approach (sadly on a very wet night in Bletchley, we discovered there are some leaks on the sleigh and it wasn’t waterproof, but we’ll sort that out and also have a plan B for 2021) and introduced a Santa tracker too.

Although we had a small team of Elves with the float for each tour, who collected cash – and thank you to those who generously donated this way- we also asked people to donate to our collection for Willen Hospice both through Just Giving and also our Facebook page. We even went high tech on the night and carried card readers.

Willen Hospice saw their fundraising drop by 50% in 2020, so if you would still like to donate to this very worthwhile cause, please pop over to our Facebook page and donate there if you can, as there are no fees charged. If you don’t use Facebook, we’d still be delighted to receive donations through our Just Giving page too.

Lots of other organisations had to make changes to their normal Christmas activities and we were delighted to support Milton Keynes Christian Centre and West Bletchley Parish Council with the loan of our sleigh.

Milton Keynes Christian Centre ran a reverse advent calendar campaign to “Fill a Sleigh”, and we loaned our Sleigh for filling in a car park drop off on Saturday 5th December. We were really pleased to hear how successful the afternoon was and very grateful to MKCC who made a donation to us as a thank you – this will be passed on to End Polio Now.

The following Saturday West Bletchley Parish Council held an outdoor event as an alternative to their usual Christmas fete and once again we were pleased to loan our sleigh and receive a further donation which we’ll also pass to End Polio Now.

Our thanks as always go to our many Elves, especially this year the main team had to spend a lot of time planning how to visit Milton Keynes in a Covid Secure way, to Kevin our very own Rudolph and of course to Santa, who toured with us on a frosty night, a foggy night and a very, very soggy night!

However we would like to thank everyone who waited outside to see us, we were cheered by the warmth of the welcomes we received and of course, a huge thank you to those who donated. We’ll let you know how much we raised for Willen Hospice as soon as we’ve done all the final sums.

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