On Friday 19th January, the annual presentation evening for the Barnstaple and District Roundtable Santa Sleigh took place at the Barnstaple Rugby Club. A total of fifteen groups and worthy charities were presented with their cheques from Paul Fryer and Ash Thorne, the two organisers and co-ordinators for the Club’s Santa Sleigh activity for 2023 with help from the club’s Chairman, Jack Shortridge.
Naomi Jefferies, CEO of Families in Grief, also received a cheque for £3,000 from the Club as one of the two charities to benefit from the Fireworks Display on 5th November 2023 at Barnstaple Rugby Club.
Paul and Ash highlighted, “We are immensely proud of what the group and the charity collectors have achieved and would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the Santa Sleigh event. Special thanks go to our sponsors, Tom Sandland and his team at Barnstaple Nissan for the loan of the e-power Nissan Qashqai, Mark Brend and the team at Taw Ford and Simon Smallridge at Smallridge Bros for the sponsorship for the fuel for the vehicle. Special thanks goes to Bruce Isaac and Simon Randall from Storage Space in Barnstaple in letting us store the sleigh over the Christmas season and finally The Voice who helped to promote the Santa routes across Barnstaple and the surrounding areas.”
Each year throughout December, members of the club – with the support of collectors from worthy charities and good causes – help to collect money covering every district of Barnstaple and the surrounding area. This year the club raised £13,500 in total which is 17% up from the previous year.
The other key charities helped this year include, North Devon Hospice, Families in Grief, Care for Kids, Devon Air Ambulance, Chemo Hero, as well as supporting other worthy causes that make a difference in their communities from Barnstaple Rugby Club, North Devon Roller Derby, Tarka Starlightz, Petroc Adventure Sports, Taw Valley Hockey Club, K9 Focus and North Devon Hockey Club.
Roundtable has been going for over sixty years in Barnstaple area and it is targeted for young men between the ages of 18 to 45 who might be involved in services or trades and want to give something back to their local community and have fun and fellowship at the same time. They are always on the lookout to recruit new members – if you are interested, please contact Barnstaple Roundtable on the following e-mail address: [email protected] or via Facebook: Barnstaple and District Roundtable.