THE people of Uttoxeter have been lauded for their ‘extreme generosity’ after helping charity collectors raise £3,000 during a festive funding drive.
Uttoxeter Rotary Club carried out its Santa’s sleigh Christmas collection during the festive season in 2013.
And bosses at the club have been left ‘gobsmacked’ by the generosity of shoppers in town after raking in thousands of pounds.
That cash will now go to a host of worthy causes in the Uttoxeter area.
Cliff Cotterill, president of the Rotary Club of Uttoxeter, has personally thanked those who have contributed.
He said: “It has become an annual event for the club and each year involves our members in almost 500 man hours hauling the sleigh around 15,000 yards.
“And, despite the occasional cold and damp evening, we have enjoyed every moment.
“We hope our efforts contributed to the seasonal spirit in the town.
“This year we spent almost two weeks visiting various areas of the town with the sleigh and we are sorry we could not see everyone.
“As always, it was a pleasure to see the small children confide in Santa their hopes for Christmas, whether they were all realised we will never know.
“These funds will be used to support our local activities, particularly in the youth area, and also distributed amongst local charities, many of whom we support in a variety of ways during the year.”
Charities the club supports include disabled charity Rakemark Respite, Midlands Air Ambulance and the Prince’s Trust, which has helped scores of young entrepreneurs from the Uttoxeter area get their business ideas off the ground.
The club also funds a range of projects run by schools in Uttoxeter, including Youth Speaks, a debating competition between pupils from across the area.
The group also runs the Rotary Young Leaders Award, which gives youngsters a week’s training in leadership skills.