Once more the Billericay Lions Santa Sleigh glided around the sights and streets of Billericay during the festive season, including a parade along the High Street for the Christmas Market on Sunday 7th December!
To encourage people to brave the elements and support Santa's fundraising efforts for the Lions at Billericay Christmas Market on Sunday 7 th December, Essex Ford's local dealership offered people the chance to enter a draw to WIN A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE if they took a selfie photo with the Billericay Lions Santa and tweeted it with the hashtag #Billericay.*
For 13 days Santa Sleigh – powered by Essex Ford – toured Billericay and its suburbs 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.
Charities and organisations that have been supported in previous years have included 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 also go to young people needing worthwhile sponsorship and those with disabilities locally.
International charities have included Chernobyl Children's Project,
WaterAid, the Lions International Disabled Swimming Gala, and Lions
In 2013, the Santa Sleigh got a typically warm Essex welcome from the public and excited kids. Thanks to the goodwill and generosity of local people, the Billericay Lions were able to raise a terrific total of £7,442.
After braving the elements to bring peace and goodwill to local residents the Christmas 2014 Billericay Lions Santa Sleigh collections managed to raise...
Well done everyone! We raised nearly £500 more than last year!
* Tweet a Santa Selfie – Terms & Conditions