Ryedale Lions: Santa’s Sleigh 2020

by Jared Smith

COVID-19 notwithstanding, Santa is making plans to do his seasonal tour around Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, and Pickering with the assistance of his helpers from Ryedale Lions!

There will, of course, be differences to the operating methods — particularly with regards to distancing and contact, but it is planned to visit the usual main towns and surrounding villages. More volunteers are needed to help on the sleigh tour, so please get in touch if you’d like to help.

Programme details will be publicised as soon as possible through the Handy Mag and on social media platforms.

Lion’s President Frank Hayward said:

We are determined to continue our tradition which we know is so much a part of many resident’s Christmas and an important fundraiser to support our charity work.

Changes could include central stopping points rather than the traditional doorstep collections, cashless donations, and whatever else is needed to be COVID-secure. Sleigh organiser Ben Hayes said:

It will be a different experience this year but we still want the magic of the Sleigh to be enjoyed”

Ryedale Lions would be keen to hear from groups and individuals who would be interested in helping either in general or in specific locations. Please contact Ben on 01751 471409 or hayesbc@aol.com.

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