The Vale of Belvoir Lions Club have raised thousands for four local charities
The Christmas period has seen nearly £10,000 raised for charities by friendly Lions.
The Vale of Belvoir Lions Club's annual Christmas collection with Santa and his Sleigh raised an impressive £7,515 for their chosen charities – Dove Cottage Hospice, near Melton Mowbray and Rainbows Children's’ Hospice in Loughborough – a record-breaking amount for the club.
On top of this, the Lion's 36th annual Boxing Day duck race in Bottesford has also raised £2,032, after participants bought a total of 700 plastic ducks for the duck race.
The funds raised from the duck race will be divided between Newark charities Counselling and Support for Young People (CASY) and the Children’s Bereavement Centre.
Vale of Belvoir Lions president Simon Ashworth said: “Each year the club membership are astounded how generous and supportive local people are and, in particular, those visited by Santa this year.
"A lot of hard work and effort goes into these collections and their success could never be achieved without help from our many Friends, helpers and family who give up so much of their time to benefit others."
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