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Harleston Santa Sleigh Tour puts the merry into Christmas for families

The annual Santa Sleigh Tour hit the roads a week later than usual, raising money to be reinvested in the community.

Harleston Round Table organised the tour around town every night this week up until yesterday, with the official route expanded to include Pulham Market and Pulham St Mary.

Marc Drury, chairman of Harleston Round Table, said: “Normally, we give sweets out and have collection buckets but, this year, we had to do things a little differently.

Santa stops to wave at children along the route.
Santa stops to wave at children along the route.

“We couldn’t give out sweets, and donations ware being collected online, but we have had the biggest route ever this year, and people have shown their usual generosity, which was great to see.

“We raised £1,000 last year, which was reinvested into community projects, but it’s about much more than that. Families and children have had a hard year, so it was more important than ever that we reminded them there is fun to be had.”

Last year’s funds were largely used to cover petrol costs and protective equipment for members of Harleston Kindness Help Hub as its members collected and ferried food to the homes of the vulnerable during the first UK-wide lockdown in March.

The Round Table has been involved in the Santa Sleigh Tour in Harleston for around 15 years, with only eight members being involved this time due to Covid-19 safety.

This year also featured a new sleigh, which the Round Table was able to secure from a sister group in King’s Lynn.

“Everyone had a lovely time, as they always do,” said Mr Drury.

“We’d like to say a special thank you to the lovely lady at Weavers Croft, who put all the Christmas trees up in her garden and baked us sausage rolls and made mulled wine for us.

“She has made that a great tradition for the final evening of the tour each year and we’re very grateful for that.”

For more information on the Santa Sleigh Tour, visit the Harleston Round Table Facebook page. To donate, go to uk.gofundme.com/f/harleston-round-table.

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