Serving the people of Belper


The exploits of Belper & Duffield Rotary 'Safe Santa' during December brought joy to many families, children, and others as it toured the streets around the two towns with emphasis on bringing the joy of Christmas to people in our difficult time.

'Safe Santa' had new safety rules and sleigh maintenance and adaptation, including not stopping but driving at a steady 5mph, safety Perspex sleigh screens, no money collection but using electronic or online giving with pre-event marketing information asking people to stand in safe distanced family groups outside their own homes.

However, 'Safe Santa' made up for this with jolly well know Christmas songs and using a discreet PA system to engage with the children from a safe distance and without leaving the sleigh.

Rotary Safe Santa, chief elf, Tony Waldron said, "People were incredibly happy to see and hear 'Safe Santa'. People knew when we were coming from information published in the press and social media. Many, many, people stood in safe family groups, on the pavement, waving from windows, children in bedclothes swathed in blankets with passing vehicles hooting horns. Santa's 'ho ho ho ho ho' could be heard across several streets."

'Safe Santa' also appeared twice on Belper's busy King Street where passersby, shop and business staff and passengers on the town bus, joined in, the songs, 'Santa Wave,' and the general sense of joy and pleasure, in a safe environment organized by the Rotary Santa Elves albeit in their bright yellow safety jackets and masks. The use of electronic giving methods was trialed with good lessons learned for the future.

Chief Rotary Santa Elf Tony said, "We are really pleased with community reaction to 'Rotary Safe Santa' and proud to have brought the joy of Christmas in such a safe manner. Whilst our emphasis was not on collecting money on our mobile 'Safe Santa', the generous people of Belper and Duffield people have donated £1700."

Monies donated to Rotary Safe Santa will be used to support local projects and charities in the Belper, Duffield and surrounding communities.

Posted: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 10:24 by Admin

Tags: News