Santa swells charity coffers to £13,000

PUBLISHED: 17:27 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:56 25 August 2010

ROTARY club members raised thousands of pounds for charity over Christmas.

ROTARY club members raised thousands of pounds for charity over Christmas.

Sidcup Rotary Club members raised £13,158 in December by holding collections in the High Street, Sidcup Railway Station, Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, and Morrisons supermarket.

Members also donned their Santa outfits to make their annual visits to houses in Sidcup.

Club President Roy Barlow said: "Many people want to know exactly when we will come to make sure their children are in. They tell Father Christmas what presents they would like.

"A lot of people look forward to out visit every Christmas. Adults in their 20s were telling me they still look forward to it."

Mr Barlow also kindly donned his Father Christmas outfit for the Times' Toy Appeal, bringing many smiles to children's faces at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup.

The Rotary Club also received £550 in donations from its internet appeal.

The money will be donated to charities in Bexley and nationwide which have previously included the Sidcup Society for the Blind.

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