FATHER Christmas, along with Bexhill’s Rotary Club members, managed to collect nearly £4,000 while tramping the streets with festive music collecting for charities and for those less fortunate in the area.
Not to be put off by the cold and often blustery weather, Rotarians, with help from friends and Past Rotarians, also stood outside Tesco at Ravenside and Sainsbury’s in Buckhurst Place.
The total £3,804.02 was raised, all of which will go to charitable and needy causes. Fundraising chairman, Colin Stutely, said: “I’m truly amazed by everybody’s generosity, particularly as the economic situation is tightening people’s pockets.
“So, on behalf of Bexhill Rotary Club, may I thank everybody who contributed. In addition, I would like to thank the Past Rotarians and friends for their much-valued help with collections outside Tesco and Sainsbury’s, both these stores and their friendly staff also have our grateful thanks for their willing support of these collections. Finally, I would like to pay tribute to Bexhill Rotarian Bill Smith who organised the street and store collections and to thank him for his fantastic hard work.”
Bexhill Rotarians also raised a further £504 by not sending each other Christmas cards, The beneficiary of this extra fundraising is President Mike Barton’s chosen charity, Surviving Christmas. For more information, visit the website at www.survivingchristmas.co.uk