Sidmouth Lions raise �3,250 to help community

Santa sleigh mishap doesn’t deter Sidmouth Lions Club from raising more than �3,000 for charity

CHRISTMAS collections made by Sidmouth Lions this year raised some �3,250 for Lions community service and charity activities.

This amount was made, despite an unfortunate mishap with Santa’s sleigh on Monday, December 12, when a car park barrier at Sidford badly damaged the reindeer and sleigh, causing Lions to cancel its scheduled tour of roads in Sidbury and Sidford.

However, said Lion president Chris Rignall, the sleigh was returned to Santa’s workshop where his “Little helpers worked tirelessly throughout Tuesday and most of Wednesday to ensure Santa could set off in his sleigh again and visit the streets of Sidbury and Sidford on Saturday, December 17, which should have been his night off.”

He added: “So thanks to the little (Lion) helpers and Santa, no little children should have been disappointed.”

Lions also held collections at Waitrose on three days, and Chris thanked residents in the Sid Valley and Newton Poppleford for their generous support.

He also thanked sponsors Hall & Scott Estate Agents and Central 4x4 Garage for providing a towing vehicle for the sleigh.