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Santa collections 2023

After a fantastic response from many local people, Coalville Belvoir Rotary Club, with help from Santa, his elves and many volunteers, raised an amazing £1200 each for three fantastic local charities. We thank everybody who donated and came to say hello. We are already looking forward to doing it all again this year.


As a club, we are busy all year round doing projects and raising money for local charities and other good causes. Please check out our other blog posts and other information.


Below, you can read all about the Santa collections and amazing charities benefiting from your generosity.

 

On Wednesday 6th March, we welcomed Grace and Rich who accepted a cheque on behalf of Brown Dog.


The Brown Dog Cancer Charity, based in Coalville, raise money to purchase vital equipment and infrastructure to improve the detection and treatment of cancer. Each year they select a project to raise funds for, always with the common theme of improving the lives of men, women or children who have cancer (and their families).


On Wednesday 7th February, we welcomed Richard who accepted a cheque on behalf of LAMP.

LAMP (Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project) provides much needed independent community mental health advocacy to the people of Leicestershire and Rutland. LAMP supports people who want to access care and support for their mental health well-being, wish to question a decision about their care and support, care for someone with mental health issues, have a mental health need, or are concerned about a family member, colleague or friend.


On Wednesday 24th January, we hosted Lara who accepted a cheque on behalf of Love4Life.

Love4Life provide fantastic support to empower young people aged 11-18 to build confidence and make positive choices in their health, relationships and education. Set up in 2008, Love4Life has grown to work across multiple areas of deprivation in Leicestershire, Leicester and Derby, supporting hundreds of young people aged 11-18 years every year.

Lara thanked the club and explained that the money donated will be used to support the work Love4Life do in Coalville, including the activities and support they provide at CAN.

 

Continue reading for the full story about our collections ..........


Coalville Belvoir Rotary Club Santa collections for 2023 started on Friday 24th November (yes we know it's early) with a new venue for us when we visited Champney Springs. I think you'll agree that Santa looks great in his sleigh.

Santa in his sleigh

Then on Saturday 25th November we took part in the fantastic Christmas in Coalville celebrations. Santa was very busy speaking with lots of children and many adults too. We had a great day and raised lots on money for our chosen charities. Santa was also called on to help with the lights switch on.

We were out again on Sunday 26th November at Morrisons in Coalville. Although the weather turned a bit wet in the afternoon, we still had lots of people visiting Santa. We had help from some of our club volunteers and were also joined by helpers from Love4Life, one of our charities for this year.

Santa in his sleigh with helpers alongside

We were also very grateful for support from Brown Dog who helped Santa get his sleigh to and from the North Pole this weekend.


On Saturday 2nd December we were at The Belvoir Centre again and were joined by one of our volunteer elves. Although it was very cold, lots of children came to say hello to Santa.

Sunday 3rd December brought snow but our brave volunteers got Santa and his sleigh to The Co-Op in Whitwick were they held out for as long as possible in the cold and rain.


On Saturday 9th December and we were back at The Belvoir Shopping Centre. Despite the heavy rain, we thank all the amazing people who came to visit Santa. Thanks again to our volunteers who helped get Santa's sleigh from and back to The North Pole, and to some volunteers who popped along to support.


On Sunday 10th December we were at Ibstock Co-Op where staff kindly invited Santa and his helpers to set up inside the store. This meant we could leave Santa's sleigh at The North Pole and Santa and helpers kept warm and dry. Thanks today go to everybody who visited, said hello and gave generously. We also thank our helpful volunteers and to the amazing staff at Co-Op who provided space for us to set up, drinks for the helpers and sweets for the children. We couldn't do it without you all.


Santa and his elves at Ibstock Co-Op

On Saturday 16th December we were back at The Belvoir Shopping Centre where we once again had fantastic support and lots of visitors.


On Sunday 17th December we did something slightly different. In the afternoon we held a mobile collection in the Cropston Drive / Bradgate Drive area of Coalville. Thanks to all our volunteers who supported this collection and to https://www.facebook.com/hillsidegdk9 who collected for us while also giving doggy treats to grateful pet owners.


Lots of children came out to see Santa in his sleigh - thank you all. We finished the collection, as last year, with a visit to Jean, her son Alan, and family who kindly provided mince pies and sherry to Santa and his helpers (to hear more about Jean see our post from last year here https://www.coalvillebelvoirrotary.org/post/santa2022).


In the evening Santa took his sleigh to the Spar on Broom Leys Road where more people had a chance to visit Santa and get a picture taken.


From Monday 18th to Friday 22nd we were in The Belvoir Centre in Coalville and on Friday were joined once again by helpers from Love 4 Life.



Please check out our other blog posts and other information.

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