Club rakes in £5,700 during festive appeal

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Generous residents dug deep over the Christmas period for a charity and helped pull in more than £5,700.

The Rotary Club in Mansfield raked in the amount throughout the month of December, spearheaded by its Santa’s Sleigh.

The vehicle was taken around supermarkets, attended events and was ridden through Mansfield town centre.

Phil Richmond, club president, said: “Young children gave us their pocket money, senior citizens gave us the change from their pockets or purses, some gave just a few coins.

“But all these donations added up to an incredible collection.

“The people of Mansfield and district have again proved the old adage that looking after the pennies, does indeed take care of the pounds – in this case £5,700.

“It seemed that everyone was aware of the increasing needs of others in these harsh times and continued to give to help others worse off than themselves.”

Mr Richmond says the cash will now be “put to good use” by being distributed by Mansfield Rotary Club’s various committees to local causes and charities.