Santa will need more help in 2012

YOUNG and older Todmordians alike enjoy seeing Santa in the run up to Christmas - but in 2012 he is going to need more helpers to get out and about.

In recent years Todmorden Lions have been taking Santa’s sleigh out into the community, visiting as many streets as possible in the town, but a number of factors last December mean more help will be needed from this year.

Lion Rod Wainwright said: “The response of the public, young and not so young, makes this a very worthwhile, enjoyable fun activity and we would like to thank the people of Todmorden for their response.

“Unfortunately we were unable to visit all the areas and streets in Todmorden, Walsden and Cornholme. This is due to two problems. First of all the weather - we had to cancel two outings because of the rain.

“The other problem is the shortage of volunteers. To visit all the streets in the area would mean getting out every weekday evening in December up to Christmas – about 16 to 18 outings. It takes a minimum of four Lions to take out the sleigh each time. Due to illness, work and other commitments it is very difficult to find sufficient helpers to complete all these outings.

“Santa is therefore appealing for volunteers to join with the Lions and ensure that this much appreciated custom is able to continue and improve its coverage of the area. It is a very rewarding, enjoyable and fun evening for the Lions, finished off with a sociable gathering for a warm supper and other refreshments.”

The Lions would also welcome volunteers to help in all their other activities through the year - for further information ring Rod Wainwright on 816802.