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A COMMUNITY transport charity has celebrated a successful set of festive rounds after the original routes were discontinued 12 years ago.
CTLA Community Transport, the last remaining accessible transport charity covering the whole Lewes District, brought back Santa’s Bus to the Havens after the former Rotary sleigh rounds finished.
Starting with just three nights in 2016, demand for the bus to go to Peacehaven and Telscombe, as well as Newhaven, Denton and South Heighton, saw volunteers manning seven dates in the run up to Christmas – with over nine hundred children and their families delighted to see Santa and his friends, including Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph.
Newhaven mayor and young mayor, June Dyer and Sophie Lewis, helped with the charity collections and praised the services of the vital frontline service which provides transport for additional needs children, mobility impaired adults, groups and clubs.
Local pubs also welcomed the collectors at the end of each route with a welcome drink and snack.
Event organiser Paula Woolven thanked the staff of The Ark (Newhaven), The Flying Fish (Denton), The Engineer (Newhaven) and the Jolly Boatman (Newhaven) for their hospitality.
The initiative hopes to continue to bring joy and sweets to all the good boys and girls across Newhaven and Peacehaven in the years to come, and is currently taking donations to carry on bringing Wheels to the World to its 70,000 annual passengers in 2018.
To make a donation to the Santa bus to continue its run next year, visit localgiving.org/charity/commtrans/project/santabus
Source: The Argus