Ho! Ho! Ho! What a success for Santa  -

      Aylesbury Rotary collects record sum for charities.

Amazingly the Rotary Club of Aylesbury was able to complete a full programme of Santa Float duties this December before the town and surrounding villages were plunged into Tier 4 Covid 19 restrictions on Sunday morning.

For two weeks Santa and his elves toured the town almost every evening and were also on the High Street for two Saturdays giving local children of all ages a chance to exchange seasonal greetings with him.

Our online tracker meant that hundreds of families were able to be waiting in their gardens or on the corner of the street to welcome Father Christmas as he went by. Heads of local junior schools played their part too and e-mailed parents to let them know when to expect the Carol float; even those who were unfortunately closed because of the virus help out.

The incredibly generous people of Aylesbury donated in their thousands and over £8,500 has been collected so far. This is significantly more than in recent years and we are still receiving online donations until the end of  December that will allow us to make substantial grants to local charities in the New Year.

A spokesman for the Rotary Club said , “The time-consuming extra precautions needed this year ranging from risk assessments, to sanitizing protocols, face masks and visors to  anti-viral sprays and daily laundry of Santa’s outfit were well worth the effort. We’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you and wish everyone in the area a very Happy Christmas”.