Stapleford Santa Stroll Gets Some Publicity
The Stapleford Santa Stroll takes place on Saturday, December 14, and will raise money for the Meeting Place, a community centre in the town.
The event starts at 10am outside Simply First Clothing, Derby Road, and has been organised by Stapleford Community Group.
Chairman Richard MacRae said: “There will be a prize for the best fancy dress costume.
“Anyone can come and take part.
“We are supporting the Meeting Place because it is a charity that helps lots of people on a daily basis.
“The Meeting Place is the hub of Stapleford and I think that people sometimes forget it is a charity that needs support.
“We also want to promote all the independent businesses in Derby Road and Nottingham Road.
“Hopefully, we can get lots of people to take part. If businesses could give us a wave as we pass, that would be great. We have ordered 100 hats for people to put on but we are hoping for as many people as possible to get involved.”
The Santa Stroll will finish at the Meeting Place, in Nottingham Road, and everyone who takes part will get a drink and a mince pie.
The community centre will celebrate its first year of being open to the public on Friday and the money raised will go towards running costs and new courses.
Co-founder Jenny Salt said:
“It is so important for us to keep getting donations because we do not receive any other funding.
“The money raised by the Santa stroll will help pay for the day-to-day running costs and give us the opportunity to put on new courses.
“We are hoping to put on some food and hygiene courses in the future which will help people gain employment.
“We have been open for nearly a year and the Stapleford Community Group has been a great help. We cannot thank them enough.”
The Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Iris White, will judge the fancy-dress competition and the winner will receive a mystery festive prize.
“I am happy to take part in this very important local event and to join the people of Stapleford in helping to support the Meeting Place as a community facility.”
It costs £2 per person to take part in the event.