Mildenhall Lions roar to fantastic charity total for dementia campaign
An annual fundraiser which sees volunteers tour the streets with Santa has raised more than £3,700 for the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign.
The ‘Santa sleigh’ was the brainchild of Mildenhall Lions who spent nine nights accompanying Father Christmas around the town and surrounding villages collecting for the campaign.
The festive fundraiser saw the Lions join Santa as he went around the streets, giving youngsters an early chance to see and say hello to Father Christmas.
Teresa Gooch Taylor Balls, president of the Mildenhall and District Lions Club, said they were delighted with how the event went after presenting a cheque for £3,751.71.
She said: “Mildenhall and District Lions Club would like to thank all the volunteers and people who generously donated on the nine nights of Santa's Sleigh, in support of the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign at the West Suffolk Hospital.”
The Lions were supported in their endeavours by friends, family, hospital staff and staff at the town’s Sainsbury’s store, which last year chose the dementia appeal as their charity of the year.
The store continued their support last week with an awareness stand and tombola which raised £195 and further boosted their annual fundraising total.
Dave Gooderham, fundraising manager at West Suffolk Hospital Charity which runs the dementia campaign, said: “I would like to thank every single member of the Mildenhall Lions for organising such a wonderful fundraising event.
“To commit nine nights to fundraising is some achievement. I would also like to thank everyone who volunteered with them and, of course, every single person who donated.
“I was privileged to join the Lions on one of the nights and it was a great way to kick-start the festivities.”