Berkhamsted Lions raise thousands for good causes

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Santa and his team of volunteers from the Berkhamsted Lions helped raise £6,470 for good causes during their December outings.

The sleigh journeys around the town, which were accompanied by house-to-house collections, were taken over by the Lions from the Berkhamsted Round Table three years ago.

The Round Table had been forced to close due to dwindling membership numbers, but the Lions organised 20 ‘sleigh’ trips on its community minibus this year.

The money will be split between organisations including the 1st Berkhamsted Scouts, Berkhamsted Football Club, Berkhamsted Baptist Church and the 1st Northchurch Scouts.

Even more cash was raised from a Christmas hamper raffle, which added more than £1,000 to the total.

There were three hampers to be won and the pick of the bunch went to Vi Wrigglesworth from Mandelyns, Northchurch.

Lion Peter Abbiss, who delivered it to her, said: “The winners just couldn’t believe how crammed full of first class food and drink the hampers were.”