THE SOUND of sleigh bells will fill the air when Coventry’s Rotary Clubs’ Father Christmas tours the city.
Members of Coventry, Phoenix and Jubilee Rotary Clubs will be joined by volunteers when they provide children with some pre-Christmas excitement whilst raising funds and spreading festive cheer.
The sleigh returns for the first time since Christmas 2019 as the pandemic put the brakes on the sleigh last year.
On Saturday, December 4, the man in the big red suit will be at Asda at Walsgrave, and the Saturday after, December 11, at Tesco in Cannon Park – both visits will be from 10am to 2pm.
His tour begins in Canley on December 13, then Styvechale and Canley on December 14.
n December 15 it will be Holbrooks’ turn for a Father Christmas visit and Cheylesmore on December 16.
Santa will be on his sleigh around Longford on December 17 and parked up at Morrisons (10am to 2pm) on December 18.
Whitmore Park will be graced with Father Christmas’ presence on December 20, he will be at Poet’s Corner on December 21 and in Coundon on December 22.
All the touring dates will be approximately between 6pm and 9pm,
Santa’s final Coventry appearance will be at Morrisons, Holyhead Road, between 10am and 2pm on December 23.
The Rotary Club of Coventry, Rotary Club of Coventry Phoenix and Rotary Club of Coventry Jubilee hope to help a host of local causes by contributing a total of around £15,000 towards the projected £100,000 raised across the Heart of England Rotary region by the traditional sleigh run.
And this year – in line with continuing Covid precautions – more ways to donate have been introduced, including contactless payments, mobile phone texts and VR codes, as a form of donation.
Heart of England Rotary spokesperson Colin Winstone said: “Our Rotary Clubs have been helping Father Christmas raise funds to support those less fortunate by means of his sleigh runs for over 25 years all across the West Midlands.
“Now a firm favourite with local residents, the sound of the sleigh arriving excites children and adults alike.
“The proceeds benefit the Rotary Club’s chosen local community charities, including foodbanks, toy boxes, children’s parties, supporting the elderly, winter warmth projects and many more. ”
There are nine Rotary-organised Santa sleighs throughout the Heart of England and everyone’s support is much appreciated.
Anyone not able to see Father Christmas on the day but who would like to donate, can visit coventryrotary.org/index and pledge cash there.