More than £10,000 has been raised for good causes following Santa’s sleigh ride through areas including Kings Langley, despite his tour being cut short by the latest coronavirus restrictions.

Father Christmas was able to spread some festive cheer as he travelled through Kings Langley and Hemel Hempstead earlier this month, with children and adults coming out to wave and make donations to those less fortunate than themselves.

The tour, organised by Hemel Rotary Club, was meant to end yesterday, but it had to be curtailed due to the restrictions that have been imposed across the South East and London.

Santa wants to apologises to the children he did not manage to see because of the latest rules – but has promised to be back later today to deliver presents.

Watford Observer:

“We could not have done it without the help of all the charity organisations and it was great that children could track Santa’s progress online with,” said Beverley Funnell from Hemel Rotary Club.

“Santa is even thinking of attaching trackers to each of his reindeer so that he knows where they are when he gets back to Lapland.”

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Although the sleigh ride has ended, it’s not too late to donate to the I’m Supporting Santa campaign by visiting or texting donations:

Text HEMELSANTA2 to 70085 to donate £2

Text HEMELSANTA5 to 70085 to donate £5

To donate another amount, simple insert the figure after HEMELSANTA. Texts cost the amount of the donation plus one standard rate message.