In December 2017, Essex Ford marked 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 – followed the routes listed below to bring a little magic to the children of Essex in return for donations!
** UPDATE! **
Thanks to the hard work of Billericay Lions and generosity of Billericay residents, a record total of £8,682.93 was raised!
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.
|Date||Time||Route 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
|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
|Saturday||23rd||9am – 3pm|
5pm – 8pm
|Waitrose Supermarket, High Street, Billericay|
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!
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.