The Ashton in Makerfield Rotary club built a new float last year and it was used for the first time last Christmas. It helped raise in the region of £6,000 over the Christmas period, all of which is given to local charities.
Just after Christmas it was stolen. It was reported to the police and in the local press, but it was never seen or heard of again. This was a severe blow to the Rotary club. It meant that money was required to buy a trailer on which a new Santa workshop could be built.
Ashton's three councillors myself,Bill Clarke & Joel Hadley came to the rescue donating £500 each from their Brighter Borough Fund which enabled Rotary to buy a new trailer on which to build a new workshop. This new trailer has been out on the streets and outside supermarkets this year helping to again raise money that will go to help a number of charities.It was also a main feature of the Ashton Town centre switch on earlier this month.
I was delighted to help the local Rotary Club rebuild the float. I know from when my own children were small the pleasure that this float has given to thousands of local children when it toured the area before Christmas. Also we must not forget the tens of thousands of pounds that the Rotary Club collected for local charities over the years and which will be sorely missed'.