Carnival boost for mayor's charity

PUBLISHED: 09:57 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

CHARITY CASH: Town centre manager Geraint Burnell, left, and Royston mayor Cllr Paul Grimes. am09mayor

CHARITY CASH: Town centre manager Geraint Burnell, left, and Royston mayor Cllr Paul Grimes. am09mayor

SANTA S visit to Royston last Christmas has benefited the mayor s charity to the tune of over £200. As usual, Santa s gazebo was stationed in Royston during the Christmas Carnival in December. With the help of volunteers from the Royston Round Table, he m

SANTA'S visit to Royston last Christmas has benefited the mayor's charity to the tune of over £200.

As usual, Santa's gazebo was stationed in Royston during the Christmas Carnival in December.

With the help of volunteers from the Royston Round Table, he met scores of youngsters and handed out gifts donated by businesses.

Children paid £1 each for their time with Father Christmas, and a grand total of £238 was raised.

Geraint Burnell, Royston town centre manager, handed over a cheque to the mayor of Royston, Cllr Paul Grimes, this week.

Mr Burnell said: "Santa's gazebo at the Christmas Carnival embodies cooperation within Royston. Back in September the new owner of the former toy shop garden agreed for his land to be used for the benefit of the town.

"Then retailers responded to a request for donated presents. Market One, Shop on the Corner, Stationery Cupboard, and the Cave Shop gave somewhere in the region of 200 toys, which were then individually wrapped by the Town Hall staff using wrapping paper donated by Boots."

Mr Burnell also paid tribute to the Round Table volunteers.

He said: "They spent five hours marshalling the children, who queued patiently for their time with Santa, who bore an uncanny resemblance to our very own 'veteran campaigner', Terry Hutt.

"To collect £238 is a very respectable total.

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