It’s Christmas eve and most people will be out getting their last bits of shopping or perhaps out visiting family and friends, however for members of the Long Eaton Round Table it’s the last day of the Christmas collection. Today in the cold and rain we will be collecting at ASDA in Long Eaton, welcoming donations from the generous community, a community that has supported us through the last few weeks and welcomed Santa as he brought smiles and laughter to the local children, (and adults).
As well as collecting at weekends and in the evenings, Tablers have been working hard to put together 40 Christmas hampers filled with food and other items that were then delivered by LERT to the less fortunate in our local area. This is one of the prime examples of where the time and effort of the Long Eaton Round Table, coupled with the support and charitable donations of the local community, has helped to make a difference to those around us. It is with this thought that we would like to thank the Long Eaton community for their support this year, and we hope to continue to receive your support into the New Year.
Merry Christmas from The Long Eaton Round Table!
Long Eaton Round Table has presented the proceeds of our fireworks evening to Treetops Hospice.
We have been holding our annual bonfire/fireworks party at Treetops Hospice in Risley since 2004. Since then, this event has raised around £10,000 for Treetops Hospice.
Long Eaton Round Table chairman Robert Westerman handed over the cheque for £1,500 to Treetops Hospice chief executive George Cameron on Tuesday 15 February.
The donation comes as Treetops Hospice records January as having the highest number of new referrals ever taken in one month.
George Cameron, chief executive of Treetops Hospice, said: “The support we receive from groups like the Long Eaton Round Table is absolutely invaluable, especially as more and more people need our services. In January alone, we had 150 new referrals and we’re currently looking at ways to ensure more people can benefit from the valuable respite care we provide.”
It is that time of year again when Long Eaton Round Table’s Santa Sleigh will be going around the towns of Long Eaton, Breaston and Sawley, collecting for charity. The sleigh, complete with Santa and his helpers, will also be in the centre of Long Eaton on the Saturdays of 4th, 11th, and 18th of December.
Long Eaton Round Table is committed to raising money to go towards local charities and causes. All monies raised by the Christmas collection help us fulfill this commitment.
The route plan showing where we will be and when can be found by clicking on this link. Please note that while we try our best to reach every street on the plan, sometimes circumstances dictate that we are unable to get to them all before it gets too late in the evening for the kids to come and meet Santa.
Long Eaton Round Table will again be organising one of the best firework displays in the East Midlands on Friday 5th November 2010. All proceeds to go local charities. As well as fantastic display of pyrotechnics and a bonfire to enjoy, food and drink will be available to keep out the winter chill.
Venue is the Treetops Hospice, Derby Road, Risley. See map below.
Gates open at 6pm. Bonfire lit at 6-30, with a Guy Parade by local schools. Fireworks start at 7-30.
Admission is £4 for adults, £2 for children.
Long Eaton Round Table’s annual Santa Sleigh will be doing the rounds of the local area with Santa trying to raise money for charity. Each year Santa and his Round Table helpers can be seen out and about with their collecting tins as they tour the streets of Long Eaton, Sawley and Breaston. On Saturdays, you can spot Santa and his sleigh in the High Street, seeing if all the boys and girls have been good, and double checking he’s got the right gifts in his sack for Christmas Eve.
If you would like to see Santa, his schedule is printed below. Please note that sometimes circumstances dictate slight variations in the route, and occasionally Santa is not able to visit all the streets if he has had one too many mince pies. But children should rest assured that he will visit every house on Christmas Eve as he will have his full set of reindeer pulling the sleigh that night.
Community Service Chairman Justin writes:
Another well-organised doorstep Christmas collection meant that LERT were able to give out almost £4,000 to help over the festive season eighty-two needy families & individuals in the Long Eaton area. Additionally, food hampers were given to a lucky twenty-four recipients. Another example of LERT at it’s best supporting the local community.
Some of the money raised by Long Eaton Round Table’s popular Bonfire Night in November 2008 has helped 1st Breaston Scout Group towards the cost of replacing some of their camp equipment.
Treasurer Ian MacNamee said “On behalf of the Exec Committee and all Scouts, I’d like to pass on thanks for the kind donation of £250 to the Group by Long Eaton Round Table. The donation is much appreciated”.
Long Eaton Round Table have donated a further £1800 from monies raised by their 2008 Three Peaks Challenge, this time to Macmillan Cancer Support, an organisation dedicated to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
Macmillan provide practical, medical, emotional, and financial support. They address concerns such as how will I get to my hospital appointment? Who will walk my dog? How will I pay the bills when I can’t work? Who will listen and understand?
Helena Curtis, Fundraising Manager for Nottinghamshire praised the club saying “This is a fantastic achievement – we are most grateful!”.
Monies raised by the club’s 2008 Three Peaks Challenge have been donated to a number of causes including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
A donation of £1800 helped grant 12 year old Bethany’s wish to watch the premier of ‘Camp Rock’ at the Royal Festival Hall. Bethany is from Cornwall and is living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. In addition to granting her special wish, Make-A-Wish was also able to give Bethany and her family a trip of a lifetime with a visit to the London Eye and a river cruise to see London’s famous sights.
Bethany said “Thank you very much, I really appreciated it. It was a dream come true”.
Long Eaton Round Table is pleased to announce a donation of £500 to support Draycott United Football Club Under 14’s expedition to Uganda later this year. Whilst out there they will be levelling a pitch which means hiring a generator & power tools, taking out their funds raised to buy stationary for a school and to buy clothes for a children’s orphanage.