Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Christmas float tour raises £3,700

HENLEY Round Table collected a record sum with this year’s Father Christmas float.

HENLEY Round Table collected a record sum with this year’s Father Christmas float.

Members took the float on a tour of Henley and Shiplake over seven nights between December 4 and 14 and collected more than £3,700, beating the previous best total by more than £350.

Some of the proceeds were used to pay for Bishopswood Special School’s Christmas party and the rest will be donated to local groups as part of the Henley Helping Hand initiative.

Organiser and club vice-chairman Nick Woodthorpe said: “We are absolutely delighted with the amount we have collected and it is wonderful that so many people have dug deep to raise this phenomenal total.

“Special thanks must go to all of those from the Round Table and 41 Club who gave up their time to help and especially the volunteers from the skate park project, Shiplake cubs and scouts and parents from Sacred Heart primary.”

Co-organiser Robert Romans, who dressed up as Santa, said: “It was great fun. It was very heart-warming to see so many people taking an interest in what we were doing and I think it helped to fuel Henley and Shiplake’s enthusiasm for Christmas.”

Shiplake College and Lovibonds Brewery each provided a vehicle to tow the float and Southern Plant and Tool Hire loaned a generator.

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