As the Rotary Santa sleigh reaches the halfway mark of its tours around the streets of Shrewsbury, its appearances have fully engaged with residents who have clearly appreciated the Rotary effort to combat the social and emotional affects of Covid.
Already, Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club regard the decision to go ahead with non-stop tours of suburbs of the town as being a ‘huge success.’
Said Rotarian Julian Wells, who accompanies the sleigh as its elf: “The nights out have been a great success. The joint efforts of Rotarians involved have provided a sleigh that looks the part with an excellent driver, a fully engaged Santa and, most importantly, very appreciative audiences. We are covering the planned routes in the time available and the publicity efforts, including Facebook, have brought the families out onto the streets. By and large they completely understand why we are not stopping, but our driver Chris Yaxley is travelling at such a speed that allows plenty of exposure to Santa. As the eight tours, including Shawbury village, have been organised specially for the benefit of children and others to see Santa this Christmas, we are also hoping they will be generously supported by donations to our charities.”
He added: “Donations can be made online to www.shrewsburyrotary.co.uk and click on the ‘Donations’ tab. Alternatively, donations can be made by texting SANTASHREW1-20 to 70085 which costs the amount donated plus one standard message charge.”
The remainder of the Santa sleigh tours from 6.00pm are Sutton Farm today December 14, Meole Brace tomorrow December 15, Shawbury village December 16, Monkmoor December 19 (from 4.00pm) and finally Gains Park, Copthorne and Radbrook December 21.