Christmas Sleigh

Changes to Christmas 2020 with regards to COVID-19

To ensure that as many children as possible can meet Santa, comply with social distancing and any measures that may be put in place between now and December, we are introducing: 

Meet Santa in his virtual Grotto.

More stationary stops at supermarkets and other venues

Less routes around the streets.

More details about these arrangements will be advertised in November.

 

Every year we walk the streets of Fareham and Portchester during December escorting Father Christmas around to put a smile on the children’s faces.

Sleigh in Portchester Shopping Centre

At the same time we raise money in our collection boxes for local people and organisations. We also raise for major projects and disasters, both national and international.

We spend Tuesday to Saturday evenings around the communities, based in Portchester shopping centre on a Saturday morning and will be outside The Highlands Hub on one day after school.

It takes a lot of hard work to organise the collections and it requires a lot of people to make it happen. If you have some time and would like to volunteer to help then please contact us here.

Timetable for 2020

Every year we do a house to house collection between 1st December and 23rd December and various static displays around Fareham, Portchester and Gosport. We collect from house to house between 6:30pm and 8pm during the week and from 4:30pm to 7:30pm on Saturdays. We do not collect on Sundays. We have authority from either Fareham Borough Council or Gosport Borough Council, depending on our location, to collect. If you are unsure that the people are genuine please ask to see our authority certificate which is held with Santa. If, like most of us, you do not have coins or notes to donate then you can always donate using your debit card by visiting Santa who may have the card machine. Or you can donate by making a donation through your banking app to or through one of our fundraising pages:

Fareham Lions Club

Account number: 10769177

Sort code: 20-79-31

Ref: Santa Sleigh

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we will be looking at different ways that we can still do this. Here are a few suggestions:
  • Zoom meetings with Santa – more details to follow
  • Leaflets given out on ways to donate instead of giving physical money
  • Contactless payments with Santa.

  Below are the dates when we are authorised to collect at specific places:

We are told, Santa is particularly keen in seeing all the children this year, so please look out for Santa on his sleigh. 

Santa endeavours to get around to as many streets as possible during this busy period, but unfortunately sometimes the weather prevents us from getting out and about.

To find out where Santa will be visiting each evening and which street he is in, follow us on our Facebook page

How much we have collected:

2018

£1673

2017

£2611

2016

£2784

2015

£2307

2014

£2047

2013

£1417