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Calne's Santa’s sleigh needs help to stay on road
Santa's hopes of taking to his rounds again this year have fallen flat because of the state of the tyres on his sleigh.
He needs two new ones and members of the town’s Lions Club are appealing for a donation to help him on his way.
The sleigh tours the streets of Calne in December with Santa at the reins to collect money from generous residents on behalf of the club.
It raises around £4,000 every year for people in need and community groups.
The Calne Lions need two 165/80 R13 tyres and although they could use their funds to pay for this, this would mean less money for good causes.
Club president Amanda Venton said volunteers discovered the damage when they went to get the sleigh ready for its first appearance at the Winter Festival in November.
She said: “We gave it a clean and looked at the tyres and thought ‘yes something needs doing there’. When we tow it round we tow it very slowly, so it was a bit of a shock. I think they have been on there a long time.
“The money raised from the Santa sleigh goes to help a lot of people in Calne. It will go on one way or another, but it would be nice if we can get sponsorship. They will be helping us to raise money for people in the community.
“We have a lot of people say to us ‘it’s not Christmas until you’ve been round’. People always want to know that we’re going to be there. Some children have grown up with the sleigh coming round every year.”
Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for the Calne Lions, who try to go out every night in December and have been running a Santa sleigh in the town for more than 20 years.
Calne Mayor Mercy Baggs, who is a member of the club, said: “Spending on tyres is money we could otherwise spend on people who need it.
“We give out to various people who are raising money for local things like the Scouts and anyone who is in need, for example someone might need a new cooker.
“The improvement to the sleigh over the years has been phenomenal.”
Anyone who can help can call (01249) 813693 or (01249) 812128.
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