Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have revealed that £4004 was raised in Grantham during their Santa tour of the county.
In a tweet announcing the figure, they said: “All your support is staggering.” The festive fund-raising is in aid of the Fire Fighters Charity, which supports serving and retired members.
Laura Harden, regional fund-raising officer at the Fire Fighters Charity, said: “Thank you so much to everyone for your donations and thanks to Grantham Fire Station for raising funds in this way. The Santa’s Sleigh has been around for as long as I can remember and our community looks forward to seeing Santa each year. Your donations to The Fire Fighters Charity support thousands of injured fire service personnel and their families each year, helping them get back to work, saving lives.’
An online eBay auction has also been organised by Laura in order to raise funds for the charity, with local businesses Rumours Wine Bar, Suzie’s Cleaning Company, Ropsley Garage, ORA Motor Services, Kip McGrath Education Centre and handyman Nick Dooley all offering items or services.
In addition the Journal’s own Terry Shelbourne has offered to create a caricature for the highest bidder.
Laura added: “There are some great bargains to be had, mainly available in and around Grantham. Items were listed at a quarter of the actual value so if people are quick, they will grab a fantastic Christmas present and save money for themselves!”
Many of the charity lots are ending tomorrow lunchtime, and are available at www.ebay.co.uk/usr/ljh8791?_trksid=p2047675.l2559