Deepings volunteers walk a thousand miles to bring cheer
Rotarians and Lions strode out for nearly one thousand miles to bring Christmas cheer to people of all ages in and around the Deepings area, raising a record-breaking amount for local charities in the process.
For 17 evenings throughout December members of the Deepings Lions Club and the Rotary Club of the Deepings, with good support from Deepings Interact, family and friends, took their Santa sleigh out in all weathers through the streets and estates of Market Deeping and Deeping St James and the villages of Glinton, Northborough, Peakirk, Deeping Gate, Baston, Frognall, Langtoft, West Deeping and Tallington.
The total mileage covered by the Santa sleigh route over the 17 nights was estimated at 85 miles and with an average of 11-12 collectors and helpers out each night, in addition to Santa and his driver, the cumulative mileage walked by volunteers was close to 1,000 miles, or around two million Fitbit steps!
But the foot slogging marathon was well worth the effort, as the Santa sleigh raised just over £10,000, setting a new record for the popular annual fundraiser.
Vince Sterland of the Deepings Lions said: “It was fantastic to see the extremely excited children and the smiles on people’s faces when we arrived.
“We had a brilliant collection this year with amazingly only two wet nights, culminating in a fantastic sum of just over £10,000.
“On behalf of The Deepings Lions and Rotary Club of the Deepings I would like to thank all the people in the Deepings and surrounding villages for their support.”
Rotarian Carl Midgley added: "Rotarians, Lions, their families and friends working together spend a lot of time taking Santa on his rounds because we all think helping Santa is a wonderful thing to be part of.
“Witnessing the simple joy on the faces of young and old alike when they see Santa come down their street is brilliant.
“We are also lucky to see the generosity of so many people from all walks of life in giving what they can and we thank them very much for the support they give as it enables us to do so much good. Long may we continue to be able to do this for our community.”