People are showing their generosity this Christmas by donating to several appeals that help those less fortunate than themselves.
The Rotary Clubs of Stamford St Martin’s and Uppingham have both launched their annual Christmas tree appeals.
Trees have been put up in businesses and health centres in Stamford and Rutland with tags giving a child’s age and gender.
People are encouraged to pick a tag, buy a present worth £5 to £10 and bring it back to be given to a disadvantaged child for Christmas.
President elect of the St Martin’s club, Wendy Martin, said: “The donations give children who have less than others at Christmas an extra present under the tree.”
In Stamford, trees are up in the Mercury office in Sheep Market, Cummins Generator Technologies, Curves of Stamford, Sheep Market Surgery, St Gilbert’s School and The Point of Health.
Tags can also be collected from the Crown Inn in Great Casterton, Oakham Post Office, Smithers Purslow in Oakham, The Bluebell Inn in Helpston, The Horse and Jockey in Manton and Thurlby Primary School, along with several Peterborough businesses and schools.
This year the club is supporting the Stamford branch of Home-Start, Peterborough Family Action, The Rudolf Appeal, Boston Pilgrim Hospital, the mother and baby unit at Peterborough Prison and children with Down’s syndrome.
The Rotary Club of Uppingham has trees up in Market Place Dental Health Practice in Uppingham, The Falcon Hotel in High Street East, Uppingham, and Empingham Medical Centre in Main Street, Empingham.
The club is supporting Home-Start in Melton Mowbray, which also covers Rutland.
And Stamford Independent Travel in St Paul’s Street has already seen plenty of donations to its Santa’s Suitcase appeal, which is also supporting Home-Start.
Manager Emma Bate said: “Even people who don’t use us as a company have been coming in and giving to the charity.
“People like to get behind a local charity.”