Rotary Corner: Suited and booted for festivities

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As you will read below, a lot of men (and sometimes women and children!) donned red Suits over the festive period.

The Santa Season has been in full swing! It is now time for Rotarians to pack away those beards and wish all our readers a very Happy New Year.

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Local Rotary clubs funded a special Christmas outing for Crocus Café (our memory café for those living with dementia).

Members and carers enjoyed a sumptuous afternoon tea at Van Hage.

Of course Father Christmas (alias Rotarian Barry Pennell) put in an appearance to deliver presents.

Everyone had a great time and left full of Xmas cheer.

Our next regular café meeting will be on January 5.

Rotary is proud to be a member of the Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance.

Their first ever Santa Fun Run (or Stroll) took place in Nene Park on December 14.

Everyone who registered got a free suit and over 300 Santas completed the course; a joyous and colourful spectacle.

Early signs are that between £3,500 and £4,000 was raised for this excellent cause.

Well done Dick, Lisa and Roz from Alzheimer UK who organised the event.

On the same day Rotarian David Dryden, member of the Stamford Burghley club, marshaled his happy band of elf helpers.

They hoped their 2014 Santa Fun Run through Burghley Park would break through the 1,000 Santa mark for the first time.

A team of cyclists from Bourne Rotary club turned up already dressed as Santas.

On the microphone Caz of Wildcats got over 1,200 Santas to jump around to warm up then Stamford’s Mayor launched the race.

In a sea of red and white, they were off! What an amazing sight - Santas of all shapes, size, age and ability having fun in the fresh air.

Dogs on leads, buggies, wheel chairs and Edward the unicyclist travelled round the park at their own pace. Serious runners blended in with walkers and talkers.

There was no real winner, apart from the charities Rotary and other teams raised money for.

Stamford Burghley Rotary Club thanks Anne Corder Recruitment for the welcome refreshments and all their other sponsors who made the run possible.

This event has come to be regarded as the real start of Christmas in Stamford. David, you have less than 350 days to do it again next year!

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