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29th Jun, 2022

Elves restore stolen magic to Santa's sleigh in time for his rounds

SANTA’S helpers have saved Christmas after thieves stole the generator used to power his sleigh.

Alcester and Stratford District Round Table has organised an annual Santa sleigh run for the past 40 years to raise money for local causes.

But members were dismayed to find the generator, used to power music and light on the sleigh, had been stolen days before it was due to set off.

After an appeal for help to raise some £1,000 for a new one, Mereside Farm Children’s Nursery owners, Alan and Ruth Lowe from Shirley, generously donated the full sum.

Member Paul Jackson said: “We are amazed and delighted they have thought to do such a nice thing and come forward. They have brought Christmas back. It means we don’t have to spend money on the generator and the money goes back into the community which is what we are all about.

“We will be sending Santa up to the nursery as a thank you for a number of years.”

Paul also thanked local companies Simms Machinery and Sibcas for their donations which will be used to maintain the sleigh.

The two-week event raises around £6,000 every year, thanks to donations from the community which gathers to enjoy the festive spectacle.

The Santa runs start this year in Bidford on Saturday (December 7) and will make its way around the district until December 20.

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