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By Ian Maddock - Posted on 24 December 2013

Past President Roy Sanders, Lindsey Mason (manager) and Laura Stanford of Coop Travel, Kingswinford with Santa (Chris Elcock)

Two additional collections ensured that Kinver Rotary Club’s Christmas sleigh collection hit yet another record high.

Residents in the Millers Green and Tythebarn Drive  areas of Wall Heath who gave £446 and shoppers who put £490 in the tins on Kingswinford car park (of which half will go to a charity nominated by Co-op travel) meant that the total collected by Rotarians, wives and helpers hit a staggering £6,045. The traditional routes produced a record total so the two additional  collections were bound to result on  new highs for the sleigh.

On Friday 13th December, in conjunction with Co-op Travel, Kingswinford, we flew Santa down to Kingswinford and were able to surprise a large number of shoppers and small children with Santa giving lollies to the latter. It was a cool, damp day and we thank Co-op Travel for maintaining a steady supply of hot drinks. This was our first visit to Kingswinford and thanks to the shoppers we ended the day with an excellent collection of £490, with the Co-op share of £245 going to Teenage Cancer Trust and our half dedicated to local charities.

The entire cash will, after deduction of expenses, be donated to charities in Kinver, Enville, Wollaston and Wall Heath.

Rotary Club President Nick Geoghegan thanked  the residents of the four areas for their generosity and praised the Rotarians who organised the sleigh project and the members and guests who collected over the two-weeks that the sleigh toured the district.

He said: “A tremendous amount of work goes into the preparation of the sleigh and its administration but it is the people who so generously put cash into our collection tins that make it all worthwhile.”


Mike Deathridge

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