Issued: January 12, 2017
PICTURE: A picture from Carols on the Green can be viewed and downloaded HERE
Rotary club's festive fundraising raises almost £10,000
The Rotary Club of Epping raised almost £10,000 with its Santa sleigh which toured the area before Christmas, and Carols on the Green on Christmas Eve.
Santa and his sleigh travelled around the streets of Epping, Theydon Bois and North Weald in the run-up to Christmas and greeted shoppers in the High Street and at the Tesco store in Epping.
A record £6,437 was collected which will support charities and good causes.
The club also decorated a tree for the Christmas Tree Festival at St John’s Church. The tree was decorated in purple to represent Rotary throughout the world working to end polio.
The tree was taken from the church to light up the Epping in Bloom garden by the Marks and Spencer store for the rest of the Christmas period.
Carols on the Green attracted a record crowd to the Town Green with the audience singing carols along with a choir and orchestra from Epping St Johns School.
Mulled wine and mince pies were much appreciated on a very chilly afternoon.
The £2,532 collected will go to local schools to support their music departments.
Club president Barbara Scruton said: "It was a brilliant build-up to the holiday and the results of our Christmas activities were exceptional. Thank you to everyone for their generosity and support.”
Mrs Scruton reported the fundraising results and thanked Rotarians for their efforts and support when the club met on Tuesday for the first lunchtime meeting of the new year.
On Christmas Day Rotarians volunteered to provide transport for the local churches' Christmas lunch.