Santa sleigh display at Old Toton Nottingham

Community spirits are high in Nottingham, as the Beeston district and round table 573 group are hosting a family fun Santa sleigh display beginning tonight around Beeston and and surrounding districts to raise money for a variety of local charities.

This organisation is a voluntary group of young men who run fundraising social events to help their community whilst having fun and developing their skills in the local community’s within Nottingham.

James Boucher, Media officer for Beeston round table, said: “This has happened now for decades, becoming a Christmas tradition in these areas and involved a lot of planning and preparation particularly to make it COVID safe this year.

“Instead of putting money in the bucket that would go around to each house on the route, we are asking the community to leave their money on the floor and we will collect it to ensure no close contact is made.

The fundraiser group usually every night would go knocking door by door but due to social distancing regulations there will not be any knocking this year, fundraising can be accessed online through their Facebook page.

James himself, has been involved for three years and has dedicated himself to put in the extra work to allow to put restrictions in place for the fundraiser.

“We are keen to do whatever we could to make sure it could go ahead”

jAMES BOUCHER, mEDIA OFFICER

“We donate all proceedings to local community groups and it changes every year, we always have a long list of local causes who needs money.

Last year the group held a presentation last April where they would hand the cheques over to the local community groups, this presentation is to celebrate the fundraiser and for the groups to say thank you to the Beeston Round Table.

One of the ways this fundraiser has helped the people of Nottingham is raising enough money to buy a full set of uniforms for an under 16’s football team, as well purchasing water safety equipment and training to prevent tragic water fatalities.

The Christmas spirit is well and truly alive in the community this year, with the groups strapline being emphasised more than ever after this crazy year by “bringing Christmas cheer to Beeston and beyond.”

Santa’s sleigh will set off Trafalgar road at 18:30pm tonight on a live tracker, if you would like to experience this magical journey or donate to the cause then head over to their Facebook page to check when the sleigh is visiting near you Beeston round table Santa.