Rotary Christmas sleigh will ride out for charity

PREPARATIONS are under way for a popular fundraising sleigh ride through the streets of Gosport.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 26th October 2016, 6:06 am
Malcolm Dent recording his charity Christmas album for Gosport Rotary
Malcolm Dent recording his charity Christmas album for Gosport Rotary

The Rotary Club of Gosport will once again be touring its special Santa Sleigh to get children and parents into the festive spirit.

The sleigh, which is funded by the club, has been going for more than 10 years.

Volunteers will dress as elves and spread Christmas good cheer.

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Parents can even use the GPS system on their smart phones to track the movements of the sleigh.

Rotarian Colin Davey said: ‘The visit of Santa to many roads prior to Christmas has become a tradition in Gosport and each year he talks and listens to hundreds of children.

‘At the same time a charity collection takes place. Donations last year went to support local hospices, particularly Naomi House and Jack’s Place Children’s Hospice.

‘The dates and routes for this year will be published next month.’

However, the sleigh is not the only festive Rotary event fundraiser.

With Christmas fast approaching, Malcolm Dent will be launching his Christmas Cheer CD for Two Saints, a charity which runs homeless hostels and food banks in the area.

Malcolm, 66, said: ‘I hope the album will make a great stocking filler.

‘I shall be performing a song at the Gosport Christmas tree lights switch on event on November 26.

‘So come along and watch me squirm and buy a copy of the CD.’

Malcolm will be recording the new CD throughout November and footage of this process can be enjoyed via YouTube.

Christmas Cheer can be bought from the Rotary Club’s website via PayPal, from David Seymour estate agents in Stoke Road, Gosport, or from Alverstoke Hardware.

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