Round Table Santas have covered more than 3,400 miles and totalled up more than 1,000 nights out in December as they raised more than £500,000 for good causes this month.
More than 150 Round Table clubs and their army of volunteer elves have taken to the streets of Britain bringing Christmas cheer in the long-standing festive tradition.
Months of preparation – from building sleighs to planning routes and volunteer schedules – have come to fruition with outstanding results, following a first ever Santa Sleigh survey by the National Association of Round Tables Great Britain and Ireland.
In addition to spreading joy around dozens of neighbourhoods, Round Table volunteers have played a vital role in their communities this festive season visiting hospitals, schools and residential homes.
The fundraising efforts around the country supports hundreds of community groups and initiatives, many of whom also play a role in joining the Santa sleigh collections.
Newcastle Round Table handed 200 selection boxes to children at Royal Victoria Infirmary – one of three charitable efforts in one day, while Plymouth Round Table have donated survival kits to the city’s Shekinah Mission.
Barry Round Table successfully campaigned its community for volunteers to keep its sleigh running this year, while Winchester Round Table took to the streets for the first time – having spent months refurbishing an old milk float.
Each sleigh is run entirely by volunteers, who cumulatively have donated more than 1,000 nights this month.
Andrew Simmonds, Community Development Officer for Round Table said: “This is an outstanding contribution from our members, who are at the core of every community across the country.
“Santa Sleigh collections are one of the most difficult but rewarding projects that our members and the clubs undertake each year. An enormous amount of effort goes into organising each and every one with many of members out for two to three hours each night straight after a day at work.
“They do it in all weathers to spread some Christmas cheer. You only have to see the smiles on the hundreds of children that see Santa to know how rewarding all the effort is.
“In addition, we also raise an incredible amount of money that will benefit various community groups, causes and charities from the New Year and beyond.”
Round Table, which was founded in 1927, is the leading social and voluntary organisation for men aged 18-45 in Great Britain and Ireland.
Last year, Round Table clubs raised over £2.1 million throughout the year for causes across the UK.