Carrots raise money for many good causes

Reinhard Biehler with Prancer and Dancer and young visitor Leo Bottomley ANL-141222-162724001
Reinhard Biehler with Prancer and Dancer and young visitor Leo Bottomley ANL-141222-162724001
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Santa’s reindeer have been eating their way through thousands of carrots this Christmas, and in doing so have raised more than £3,000.

The reindeer arrived at Baytree Garden Centre in Weston with Santa at the start of November, and have been visited by lots of children and adults who have helped to raise heaps of cash.

Proceeds are to be split between seven charities, including the Royal British Legion, Parkinson’s UK and Callum Pite’s Smile Charity.

The total, so far, stands at £3289.88 . Reinhard Biehler, owner of Baytree, said: “It’s incredible how much money has been raised!

“The reindeer can eat lots of carrots - each one eats up to 40 or 50 carrots a day.”

Each week, a new charity becomes the beneficiary of the funds, and this will continue right up until January 5.

Reinhard said: “People can still come along in the new year and meet the reindeer.

“It’s a great day out and the reindeer absolutely love meeting new people.”

Reinhard looks after 11 of Santa’s reindeer throughout the year and six of them stayed at the garden centre in the run-up to Christmas.

He said: “Some of the reindeer have been up to Scotland this year and they came back on Christmas Eve.”

The carrots have been donated by Lincolnshire Field Products completely free of charge, in order for the charities to make as much money as possible.

General manager at Baytree Garden Centre Nigel Wallis said: “Big thanks must go out to Robin Hancox of Lincolnshire Field Produce who has supported the charities and Baytree so much.

“Thanks to him, we have been able to raise this money.

“There has been an amazing reaction to all of the charities and we are chuffed to bits 
to see how much has been raised.

“For Children in Need, two girls from the village (Weston) made cakes and then helped with the carrots too and we supported World Challenge because the daughters of two people who work here are going on a world challenge to do a general project working with kids in Venezuela.

“Macmillan Cancer Support and Parkinsons UK are two charities which Baytree have supported for a long time.

“Parkinson’s UK is particularly close to my heart as one of my best buddies has the disease.

“All of the charities are very worthwhile and it’s great to see so many people coming along to support them.”

The reindeer arrived back in Weston on Christmas Day, following a busy night on Christmas Eve and will be there until January 5.