CHRISTMAS lasted nearly a whole month as far as Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club was concerned – and it paid off for local charities.
The festive season was the theme all through December, with members involved in many events and fundraising activities.
The club has now announced a record amount was raised from its December activities this year, thanks to the support of various community groups.
Kicking off the main Christmas appeal for local charity work, the club held a Wear a Santa Suit Day in aid of St Barnabas House hospice and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.
Members dressed in Santa suits for their regular Friday meeting at The Amsterdam, Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham, on December 12, raising £150 towards the charity funds.
Later in December, the club carried out its annual Christmas collections with Santa on his sleigh around the streets of Shoreham.
Rotarian Les Baker said: “This year, we also joined in the parade with our sleigh in the Adur Sea of Lights event, which was very well supported by the people of Lancing.
“We continued our collections through the week and with help yet again from our wonderful Shoreham lifeboat crew, who raised £1,400 of the record £4,700.
“All of the money is used locally for goodwill gifts at this time of the year and many other local charitable causes through the coming year.
“Our sincere thanks go to all of the people of Shoreham and Southwick who made our record collection possible.”
Funds were swelled further by nearly £200, thanks to carol singing at the Holmbush Shopping Centre in Shoreham.
Mr Baker said the club was again indebted to Shoreham Singers-By-Sea for going along to Holmbush on Saturday, December 20, to sing carols and Christmas songs in the centre’s atrium for nearly two hours.
The choir, which usually rehearses twice a month at the Shoreham Centre, was conducted and accompanied by musical director Michael Hinton.
“This, along with the static collections we made at Southwick Square Christmas Festival and Shoreham Farmers’ Market, enabled to raise the fantastic record amount,” Mr Baker added.
“Thanks once again to all the local residents who made this possible and helping us to continue with our charitable work in the district.
“If anyone out there wants to know more about Rotary and would perhaps like to join us in this type of worthwhile activity and some social fun, as we don’t only raise funds, please look at our website for the Rotary Club of Shoreham and Southwick to find out more.”
The club next meets at The Amsterdam on Thursday at 7.30pm and January 16 at 1pm.