Helpers needed for Santa’s tour of county

Rutland Lions at last year's event. From left: Richard White, Jim Bolton, Alan Brown, Mike Cropper, Keith Tyers, Santa Claus, Barbara and Robert White, with Tim Haward outside the sleigh
Rutland Lions at last year's event. From left: Richard White, Jim Bolton, Alan Brown, Mike Cropper, Keith Tyers, Santa Claus, Barbara and Robert White, with Tim Haward outside the sleigh
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A fundraising group is calling for people to get in the spirit of Christmas and help out with its much loved Santa’s sleigh tour.

In the run-up to Christmas each year, Rutland Lions members, along with Santa Claus and his sleigh, visit hundreds of homes in Oakham and Uppingham.

This year the group is asking for people to join them and help out in the holiday fun.

This will entail walking two or three miles, knocking on doors, offering a Christmas greeting, shaking a tin, and with some families, guiding them and their children towards the sleigh to meet Santa Claus.

As well as providing a service t the community, the tour is an opportunity to raise funds which the Lions pass on to good causes in the county.

This year the tour will start on December 14.

The door-to-door collections will start at about 5pm and finish by 8pm.

Static collections will also be held on either Saturday mornings or Wednesday evenings.

There will be six door-to-door collections in Oakham and two in Uppingham.

There will also be three static collections, all in Oakham.

Peter Hems, a fundraising committee member of the group, said: “We’ve been doing this for 30 years and it is very rewarding to see the look on children’s faces when we visit the houses with Santa.

“We take great pleasure in being able to do this.

“But with our increased schedule this year and growth in housing in Oakham and Uppingham, we’re hoping people will come forward as volunteers to help our 37 members to continue to run the tableau.

“So if anyone is looking for a bit of exercise and has a bit of time in the evenings, I would urge them to get in touch.

“We usually raise about £3,000 to £4,000 for our annual fundraising pot and we would love to be able to raise a similar amount this year.”

The final day of the tour will be Christmas Eve.

Anyone who is over the age of 18 and could help out the group this Christmas, should contact Peter on 01572 823922 or e-mail at pkhems@hotmail.co.uk

The Lions annual firework display will takes place at the Showground in Barleythorpe Road, Oakham on Saturday, November 3 from 6pm.