Henley Lions presented cheques for £2,000 each to the children’s charities First Days and Footsteps. The £4,000 was the proceeds from Santa’s Grotto at Toad Hall Garden Centre where the club helped Santa see 1187 children over the four weekends leading up to Christmas Day 2019. Club member and PRO John Moore explained, “this is a terrific opportunity to help these two organisations who we hope can benefit from the money donated. Toad Hall’s Martin Sheldrake and Lynn Burgess have been integral to the success of the Henley Lions fundraising and set a new record of 1,187 children visiting their Christmas Grotto last month.” First Days Children’s Charity aims to reduce long term effect of poverty on children by equipping them with the essential items they need for their early years and at school. Footsteps Foundation provide financial support to improve the quality of life for children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. This was the club’s 11th year of supporting Santa at Toad Hall and we’re already looking forward to Christmas 2020!! Our thanks to the Henley Herald for the photo.
The reindeer have been fed, the Sleigh has been repaired and Santa is almost ready to visit Henley and Shiplake.
Just to let you know Santa has been too busy to arrange credit, so please have cash ready for his collecting buckets, as all the money goes to local good causes.
Santa sets off at 6.00pm and will finish by 8.00pm.Santa’s planned routes are as follows, but if the weather is too wet or too icy he will have to cancel, but will hope to catch up at the end.
Monday 9th December
Hamilton Avenue, St Mark’s Road, Gainsborough Estate, St Andrew’s Road.
Tuesday 10th December
Wednesday 11th December
Wilson Avenue, Waterman’s,Noble, Lawson Roads, Reading Road to Marmion. Grange and Park Roads. Harpsden Road including Boston and Niagara Roads
Thursday 12th December
Deanfield Avenue and Road, Valley Road, Elizabeth Road, Chiltern Close, St Mary’s Close, Nicholas Road
Sunday 15th December
Blandy and Makins Roads, Wootton Road to King James Way including Knappe, Gravett and Periam Close, St Andrew’s Road to Green Lane.
Monday 16th December
Kings Road, York and Clarence Roads to Mount View. Crisp and Clements Roads, Luker Avenue Abrahams, Cooper and Simmons Roads. King’s Road, Baronsmead, Ravenscroft Road
Tuesday 17th December
Singer’s Lane, Damer Gardens, Western and South Avenue. Up Peppard Lane to Western Road, Cromwell Close & Road, Bellevue, Berkshire and Manor Roads.
Wednesday 18th December
Greys Road to The Close, Greys Hill, Church Street, Albert Road
Thursday 19th December
Town Centre including Station Road, Queen Street, Friday Street, Gravel Hill, Hop Gardens, West Street, Northfield End, New Street.
Santa arrived at the Toad Hall Garden Centre this morning and took up residence in his beautiful new grotto. He was there with four of his helpers and staff from Toad Hall to welcome his first visitors. Lynn from Toad Hall and Anna from First Days cut the ribbon and Santa declared his grotto to be open. Santa is being helped by the Lions Club of Henley-on-Thames and proceeds from ticket sales will be supporting First Days and the Footsteps Centre, both very deserving local charities. Santa will be in his grotto on each of the four weekends leading up to Christmas.
Lynn and the team at Toad Hall Garden Centre have built Santa a fabulous new grotto for this Christmas season. It’s even more amazing than in previous years and must be seen to be believed. The grotto is open to view now. Santa himself will be arriving on the morning of Saturday, 30 November 2019 at 10:00am. He will then be in his grotto for the following four weekends on both Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday, 10:30am – 4:00pm.
At our September club meeting Lion President David Skinner presented a cheque for £1,000 to Annette Honeyball of the First Days Children’s Charity. First Days provide everyday essentials to local families in need by distributing clothes, toiletries, school uniforms equipment, furniture, toys and books. Three members of the club had visited First Days at their premises at Hurst and were extremely impressed with the work being done by this charity. Annette thanked the club and gave a short presentation about the charity’s work and how they would use the money that we donated.