Chichester Lions raise thousands for city

CHICHESTER Lions Club has praised residents for their donations in the run-up to Christmas.

“I would like to thank the people of Chichester for their generosity when our carol float toured Chichester in the build-up to Christmas,” said Brian Attfield, president of the club.

The total collected was £7,420.69, which also includes the club’s static collections.

The traditional float toured the streets of the city throughout December, bringing Christmas joy and carols to residents.

In addition to the touring collections, there were also a number of collections made from fixed sites around the city.

The following amounts were raised at these locations: £628.26 at the city lights switch-on, on November 24; £114.13 at the Brick Kiln Nursery on December 2, £705.64 at the Northgate car park on December 8, £817.45 at the Waitrose car park on December 15, and £520.63 at Sainsbury’s car park on December 22.

Mr Attfield added the money would now be used by the club to benefit local organisations and individuals.

He also apologised to any homes which the float had not had enough time to reach on its city tour.

“Our permit to collect issued by the Chichester District Council states that we stop collecting at 9pm.

“I must say sorry to those children who did not get a visit from Father Christmas before December 24,” he added.