The annual Christmas Appeal by Bexhill Lions Club was a great success raising over £6,300 which will be used to support local good causes.

Lion President Nick Porter said “I continue to be amazed at the generosity of the people of Bexhill, demonstrating their caring and their support of the Lions’ Annual Christmas Appeal. On behalf of the Club I would like to offer a big “thank you” and assure them that every penny will be used to support our activities during the coming year. We will continue to offer help to community and youth groups as well as individuals with special specific needs.”

The money was raised in a variety of ways. To launch the appeal, the Lions organised the Santa Dash along the promenade-the biggest so far. Weekend collections were made in the Town Centre and at Little Common with Lions and Friends of Bexhill Lions collecting alongside their barrel organ and sleigh. Collections were also held at Lidl, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. In the December evenings, Santa and his helpers with their illuminated sleigh and Christmas music toured the residential areas of Bexhill to the delight of many youngsters and their families.

In addition, Christmas hampers were placed in a wide range of retail outlets, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers as lucky draw prizes.

Head of FUNdrasing Clare Kersley commented “A great result and one that could not have been achieved without the hard work of Lions Club Members and Friends. In particular, Organisers Andrea Etheridge for the house to house collections, Phil Richardson for the street collections, Val Mewett and June Hough for the hampers and Brian Comber for the Santa Dash. Also our Santas, drivers and collectors, often out in challenging weather conditions. It was a busy month but well worth the effort. We can now look forward to our delayed Club Christmas celebration, organised by Pam Edwards”

President Nick added “We are very grateful to all who donated, to the Supermarkets for their support and to Rother District Council for their permissionS to collect. We look forward to a busy and rewarding 2018 and would like to wish everybody a Happy New Year”.