Santa’s Sleigh breaks all fundraising records

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A BUSY 2011 for members of BULWELL AND BASFORD ROTARY CLUB has proved worthwhile with news that its annual festive Santa’s Sleigh initiative — both mobile and static — has broken all previous fundraising records.

In the 1980s, former Bulwell builder Tony Craske donated to the club a boat trailer, which was duly converted and modified to create a very effective Christmas float. It first took to the roads 25 years ago.

Past presidents Keith Bentley and Graham Hayes have been the driving forces behind the fundraising sleigh, which has become a familiar sight on the streets of Bulwell and Basford in the days leading up to Christmas.

The generosity of local residents has helped the Rotary Club to raise thousands of pounds for its many good causes and last year, the total collected was a record-breaking £4,528.

Mr Bentley said: “Despite difficult times, members of the public and people in the community have dug even deeper. The announcement that we have set a new record has delighted everyone involved.

“I would like to thank all those who have supported our efforts.”

OUR PHOTO shows the record-breaking Rotary fundraisers, with club president Malcolm Darroch (seated, front centre). (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan).