In the middle three weeks of December local rotarians escorted Father Christmas around the streets of Epsom accompanied by Tilly the train and a band of helpers from local youth associations. Joining the effort were Wilsons of Epsom on two of the nights, when they provided a driver and a Santa Claus.
It was a truly wonderful experience with young children and adults saying how delighted they were to see Santa Claus; and they gave generously to help local charities. This year knocks on people’s doors returned and they were pleased to see the Train and Santa after the COVID lay-off.
With today’s Social Media such as WhatsApp, children were ready and waiting. It was a wonderful sight when the train started down a street to see little groups in the darkness waiting. Tilly was also happy to have so many photos taken of her.
Around £6000 was raised for local charities, which included the youth organisations who helped.
Epsom Rotary, over the festive season, supported a group of young carers to a pantomime trip, a Christmas Card Appeal raised £250, the Christmas Hamper and Balloon Race Competitions, Carol singing and collections in the Ashley Centre raised even more cash for local charities. They supported the Meeting Room by collecting and donating presents and collecting donated foods from Waitrose.
Rotary and the local charities they support thank the marvellous generosity and spirit of Epsom and Ewell’s wonderful local community.