Rotary club launches Christmas tree appeal once more

Sainsbury's tree appeal EMN-150812-162803001
Sainsbury's tree appeal EMN-150812-162803001

The Rotary Club of Stamford St Martin’s has seen its annual Christmas tree appeal go from strength-to-strength and organisers hope this year will be no different.

Rotarians hope to beat previous years when it has collected 1,300 presents to give to children locally, who would otherwise not have received a gift.

The club is once again supported by Stamford Sainsbury’s and members held a bag pack at the store on the Markham Retail Park, off Ryhall Road, to raise awareness of the appeal. The event raised just over £500 for local charities. Now the Sainsbury’s store in Oxney Road, Peterborough, is also supporting the event.

People who want to support the appeal should take a label from the Christmas tree in the shop, buy a gift suitable for the gender and age specified costing between £5 and £10. They should then wrap the present, attach the label and place it back under the tree for collection and distribution by the club to less fortunate children.

All the presents are collected by our club members on or before December 18 to enable us to sort and distribute the gifts to the families around the Stamford and Peterborough area.

The club can not do the appeal without the enthusiastic support of businesses and schools helping out.

○ Staff from Stamford Hospital have teamed up with Stamford Rotary Club to collect donations for people who might not otherwise receive a gift this Christmas.

As well as collecting for young people, the hospital is also collecting for older people and gifts will be shared with residents in local care homes.

Collect a label from Stamford Hospital, purchase a gift and return it before December 18.