Essex Ford Helps Billericay Lions Pull Santa's Sleigh

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 Sightsavers.

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

  1. The Essex Ford 'Tweet a Santa Selfie' prize draw is subject to the following conditions.
  2. The prize ('Prize') consists of one bottle of champagne.
  3. The prize is open to UK residents only, who are 18 years or over.
  4. Employees of Essex Auto Group, its dealers, printers and agencies (including their families) are not eligible to take part in the competition.
  5. To enter the competition entrants must take a photo featuring both themselves and the Billericay Lions Santa (and only this Santa – we accept no substitutes not even the real one) and then post it on Twitter with the hashtag #Billericay.
  6. No third party or bulk entries.
  7. Competition runs from Saturday 6th to Tuesday 23rd December 2014.
  8. The winner will be selected at random after the closing date.
  9. The winner will be notified via a post on Twitter by the end of December.
  10. The winner will have 1 week to establish contact with Essex Auto Group via Twitter before the winner's prize is withdrawn and redistributed.
  11. The winner may be required to take part in publicity (including photographs). The winner's name may be disclosed in advertising and marketing material, including posts on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
  12. By entering you are allowing Essex Auto Group to use your name on their Facebook page and Twitter timeline to announce the winner.
  13. Essex Auto Group will not be responsible for any lost or incomplete entries.
  14. Essex Auto Group's decision is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
  15. Entry implies acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  16. The prize must be accepted as offered. No cash alternative to the prize will be offered and the prize is not transferable. The promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should circumstances make this necessary.
  17. In the event that any winner is unable to accept the prize for any reason they must notify Essex Auto Group immediately. In this circumstance, Essex Auto Group reserves the right to offer the prize to another entrant.
  18. The promoter is Essex Auto Group, Head Office, Dunton Ford Link, Basildon, Essex, SS15 6GB.
  19. Essex Auto Group shall not be held responsible for any cancellation of any event or session, which may be due to circumstance outside their control, including – but not limited to – adverse weather conditions. There will be no alternative offer in respect of any such cancellation.
  20. Essex Auto Group can not guarantee that it will be able to deliver the prize before either Christmas Day or New Year's Eve. But we will try.