Vulnerable youngsters will have a happier Christmas thanks to the generosity of people in the Mercury area.
The Rotary Clubs of Stamford St Martin’s and Uppingham have this week collected all the presents donated through their Christmas tree appeals.
People have been picking up labels from trees and dropping off small presents at businesses, health centres and schools across the area.
Charities that will benefit include Stamford Homestart, Melton and Rutland Homestart, Peterborough Family Action, the mother and baby unit at Peterborough Prison, Downs Syndrome and Boston Pilgrim Hospital.
The Stamford club collected more than 500 presents, while Uppingham Rotarians gathered an entire car full.
Stamford St Martin’s member Elissa Flatters said: “Business people and individuals in the area work together with the club to promote a supportive community ethos. Many recipients of the presents have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people in the area.”
Uppingham Rotarian Joyce Marston added: “We have been very pleased with the response. It was lovely.
“It looks like people have been quite ingenious with their gifts, judging by the wrapping.
“In a time of austerity I think people are thinking of children. They don’t want the thought of anyone having a miserable Christmas.”
Joanne Wye, deputy headteacher at NeneGate School in Peterborough, raised £350 towards the St Martin’s appeal by leading a spinning session at Westside Health Club in Stamford.
She said: “This is a great opportunity for students to see a charitable project from start to finish.”