We’d like to thank the people and businesses of Malton, Norton and the surrounding villages for an amazing response to our Santa’s Sleigh. Once again, we decided not to knock on doors to help keep our collectors safe. Throughout December, Santa and his elves toured the area and raised over £20,000!

Lions President Annie and her partner, Hamish

Lion President, Annie Harrison, said: “We are absolutely delighted by this years total, which considering the still difficult circumstances due to Covid is just wonderful! I would like to thank everyone who made Santa’s tour possible and such a huge success, including our fantastic business sponsors and everyone who donated in person, online and by text. Every penny we raise goes towards supporting vulnerable local people throughout the rest of the year, so everyone who contributes makes a huge difference to the help we can give.”

The sleigh team are made up from Lions members and other volunteers who help maintain the sleigh, keep Santa’s outfits spotless clean, post on social media, and plan his route. Hours of preparation go into getting Santa’s sleigh on the road each year, but when we see how much children and adults enjoy it, it’s all worthwhile.

Our group of almost 40 Lion members, and has worked across Malton, Norton and District since 1963. We have fun supporting our local community and organising a range of events to raise money for good causes, locally, nationally and internationally.

In the last 12 months, we have also awarded a number of 10 grants to local organisations for sums of up to £600 from our Community Fund. Due to Covid, we were unable to make our presentations as in previous years but our support of the community has continued.

From October to April we deliver fish and chips to the elderly and house-bound each year. In 2021 this continued throughout the year, as many vulnerable people were reluctant to leave their homes, and so we continued this popular service.

Recently, as restrictions have eased, our volunteers have marshalled the Racing Welfare Stables Open Day, and also at the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle event.

Activities we hope to arrange once restrictions are ended include entertaining over 100 senior citizens to a full Christmas Dinner, games, and live entertainment in February. In October we take a group from Ryedale Special Families to travel in their own carriage on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Whitby return.

At the end of 2018 we became a key partner in a new community-led initiative, Ryedale Free Fridge launched to tackle the issue of waste food in Malton and Norton. We are delighted that the project has gone from strength to strength and many tons of food have been saved from landfill.

If you are interested in joining the Lions, please get in touch for more information.