Article By Essex Ford

Essex Ford Support Billericay Lions Santa Sleigh for 8th Year

In December 2017, Essex Ford marks 8 years of providing specially signwritten vehicles to power the Billericay Lions Santa Sleigh on its tour around Billericay to raise funds for charities.

For 11 days from 13th December, the Santa Sleigh – powered by Essex Ford's Ford Kuga in a unique Christmas jumper design – will follow the routes listed below to bring a little magic to the children of Essex in return for donations!

Over the past 7 years, Essex Ford has really enjoyed designing these special vehicles to help raise over £48,000 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.

Santa Sleigh Ford Kuga signwriting start
Santa Sleigh Ford Kuga signwriting
Santa Sleigh Ford Kuga signwriting finish
Santa Sleigh Ford Kuga signwritten

DateTimeRoute or Location
Wednesday 13th 6:30pm – 8:30pm
South Green Route
Thursday
14th 6:30pm – 8:30pm Tye Common Road area Route
Friday
15th 5:30pm – 8:30pm Queens Park
Route
Saturday
16th 10am – 4pm
5pm – 7pm
Billericay Car Park (behind Iceland)
South Ridge / Meadow Rise
Location
Route
Sunday
17th 11am – 4pm
Waitrose Supermarket, High Street, Billericay
Location
Monday
18th 6:30pm – 8:30pm Mountnessing Road / Bluebell Wood Route
Tuesday
19th 6:30pm – 8:30pm Lower Perry Street / Brightside
Route
Wednesday
20th 6:30pm – 8:30pm Perry Street / Hillhouse Drive Route
Thursday
21st 6:30pm – 8:30pm Norsey View Drive / Lampern Crescent Route
Friday
22nd 10am – 4pm
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tesco Supermarket, Mayflower Retail Park, A127 Basildon
The Vale / Brookside / Norsey Farm
Location
Route
Saturday
23rd 9am – 3pm
5pm – 8pm
Waitrose Supermarket, High Street, Billericay
Norsey Road
Location
Route

After all the collecting and counting up, Billericay Lions and the many generous locals managed to raise the grand sum of £8,165 in 2016!

Thanks everyone!


In 2015, Santa pounced upon a Ford Kuga to tow his sleigh through the highways and byways of Billericay.

After all the collecting and counting up, Billericay Lions and local residents managed to raise the grand sum of £8,112.