In December 2015, Essex Ford marked 6 years of providing specially signwritten vehicles to power Billericay Lions' Santa Sleigh on its tour around Billericay to raise funds for charities, including the parade along the High Street for the Christmas Market on Sunday 6th.
For 12 days, Santa Sleigh – powered by Essex Ford – followed the routes below to bring some special Christmas magic to the children of Essex in return for donations which will benefit local charities, with some also going to Lions Clubs International charitable causes.
After all the collecting and counting up, Billericay Lions and the many generous locals managed to raise the grand sum of £8,112.57!
Thank you from everyone involved!
To encourage people to brave the elements and support Santa's fundraising efforts, Essex Ford's local dealership offered them the chance to enter a prize draw to WIN A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE if they took a photo of the Billericay Lions Santa and our gift-wrapped Ford Kuga to post on Twitter with the hashtag #EssexSanta.*
And the winner was... Claire Hayhow!
Congratulations to Claire who received her bottle of bubbly from our very own Mark Packer at Essex Ford in Billericay.
|Date||Time||Route or Location|
|Saturday||12th||10am – 4pm||Waitrose Supermarket, High Street, Billericay||Location|
|5pm – 8pm||Queens Park||Route|
|Sunday||13th||10am – 4pm||Tesco Supermarket, Mayflower Retail Park, A127 Basildon||Location|
|Monday||14th||6:30pm – 8:30pm||South Ridge / Meadow Rise||Route|
|Tuesday||15th||6:30pm – 8:30pm||South Green||Route|
|Wednesday||16th||6:30pm – 8:30pm||Tye Common Road area||Route|
|Thursday||17th||6:30pm – 8:30pm||Mountnessing Road / Bluebell Wood||Route|
|Friday||18th||10am – 4pm||Billericay Car Park (behind Iceland)||Location|
|6:30pm – 8:30pm||Lower Perry Street / Brightside||Route|
|Saturday||19th||10am – 4pm||Waitrose Supermarket, High Street, Billericay||Location|
|5pm – 8pm||Norsey Road||Route|
|Sunday||20th||11am – 2pm||Waitrose Supermarket, High Street, Billericay||Location|
|Monday||21st||6:30pm – 8:30pm||Perry Street / Hillhouse Drive||Route|
|Tuesday||22nd||6:30pm – 8:30pm||The Vale / Brookside / Norsey Farm||Route|
|Wednesday||23rd||6:30pm – 8:30pm||Norsey View Drive / Lampern Crescent||Route|
Over the past 6 years, Essex Ford has really enjoyed designing these special vehicles to help raise over £40,000 for local charities and organisations, such as Brighter Opportunities through Supported Play, Basildon Borough Citizens Advice Bureau, Billericay Youth Town Council's Urban Games, Lukes Counselling Service for Children and Young People, the Neighbourhood Watch scheme, and Hamelin House. Some funds have also gone to young people needing worthwhile sponsorship and those with disabilities.
International charities have included Chernobyl Children's Project, WaterAid, the Lions International Disabled Swimming Gala, and Lions Sightsavers.
In our first year supporting Billericay Lions, in 2010, our Marketing Director Matt Brown, Group Marketing Manager Lynn Walster and Sales Manager Andrew Lodge did the honours, handing over a new Volvo V70 (complete with antlers and red nose) outside our dealership.
In 2011, Lynn Walster (now our Group Best Practice Manager) had the pleasure of handing over another Volvo V70 outside our showroom on Western Road.
Our jolly brand-new Volvo XC70, whose keys were handed over by our Site Manager Mark Packer and Marketing Director Matt Brown, helped lead the Lions to the grand sum of £7,466 in 2012.
In 2013, the Santa Sleigh powered by our Ford Kuga got a typically warm Essex welcome from the public and excited kids. Despite some poor weather, the goodwill and generosity of local people raised a terrific total of £7,442.
After braving the elements to bring peace and goodwill to Billericay residents, the Christmas 2014 Billericay Lions Santa Sleigh was pulled along by another beautifully-designed Ford Kuga and managed to raise £7,921.
* Tweet A Photo Of #EssexSanta – Terms & Conditions