Generous shoppers thanked for festive fundraising efforts

John Wheatman, secretary of Easington and Peterlee Rotary Club, with the group's remembrance tree.
John Wheatman, secretary of Easington and Peterlee Rotary Club, with the group's remembrance tree.

MEMBERS of a charitable organisation have thanked generous shoppers who helped them raise almost £3,000 for local causes.

The Rotary Club of Easington and Peterlee has just announced its final charity totals amassed through various events over the festive period.

A collection held when the Rotarians arranged for their very own Father Christmas and his sleigh to visit east Durham villages, including Peterlee, Easington Colliery, Easington Village, Blackhall and Horden, in the run-up to Christmas raked in a staggering £1,611.75.

On top of this was a £20 donation when the Rotary’s Santa visited a children’s party at The Argus Butterfly, in York Road, Peterlee.

Rotarians said after heavy rain put paid to a visit from Father Christmas to Easington Village on Friday, December 16, Santa spent Saturday with his sleigh in Castle Dene Shopping Centre, in Peterlee.

The shopping centre was also the venue for the club’s annual Remembrance Tree campaign.

The scheme, which sees people pay a donation to place a message on the tree in remembrance of a loved one, raised £1,206.16.

The amounts raised will be split between local charities.

Club president David Biermann said: “Thank you to everyone who gave a donation.

“I think in these very stringent economic times we have done remarkably.

“Every year we find the people of Peterlee and east Durham and the whole area are so generous.”

The impressive charity amount comes at the same time when Mr Biermann announced that the club received Rotary Service recognition awards from the local district Rotary Club for its Thanks for Life campaign.

Mr Biermann was also honoured individually for his work in the campaign, which centred on the End Polio Now initiative.

The club, which recently changed its meeting place from the Castle Eden Inn, in Stockton Road, Castle Eden Village, to the Hardwicke Hall Manor Hotel, in Hesleden Road, Hesleden, is always looking for new members, young and old.

To find out more, call Mr Biermann on (0191) 5270330.