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New Mills Santa Saunter to help the aged

Fundraisers who took part in the Santa Saunter, which raised �603 to buy Christmas hampers for the elderly in New Mills. Photo contributed.

Fundraisers who took part in the Santa Saunter, which raised �603 to buy Christmas hampers for the elderly in New Mills. Photo contributed.

A New Mills charity pub crawl thrived on festive spirit and helped raise more than £600 to spend on Christmas hampers for the elderly.

Sunday’s Santa Saunter, organised by Pride of the Peaks’ landlady Shellie Hagan, raised funds to make 42 food parcels for High Peak pensioners on their own at Yuletide.

Starting at the Market Street pub, participants dressed in Christmas costume as Santas, turkeys, snowmen and even a pig in a blanket, made their way through the town with collection buckets.

After paying £5 to take part, the 36 festive fundraisers visited the Royal Oak, the Masons Arms, the Hare and Hounds, the football club, the Queens Arms, the Beehive and the Rock Tavern.

Shellie said: “I like to keep things local and we decided to help the elderly because they’re sometimes left out at this time of year.

“I put the event online and we even had donations from someone in America and in France! We raised enough to buy five trolley-loads of food in the supermarket. It was great.”

The hampers, containing a card, a Christmas cracker and food items such as biscuits, chocolates, tinned carrots and peas, tea and coffee have already been distributed to the aged in need in New Mills through a home help agency.

 

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