Sleaford firefighters escorting Santa’s sleigh seek local charity

William Alvey School children with one of the reindeer they have decorated for the firefighter's sleigh, from left - Kelly Sheppard, Freddie Davies and Alissa Mamentovych. EMN-150912-105437001

William Alvey School children with one of the reindeer they have decorated for the firefighter's sleigh, from left - Kelly Sheppard, Freddie Davies and Alissa Mamentovych. EMN-150912-105437001

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Firefighters at Sleaford have teamed up with school children to spread some Christmas cheer this season.

Fire crew members have been helping build a sleigh for Santa to tour the town over the next couple of weeks, thanks to some help from the community to make it look as Christmassy as possible.

Sleaford firefighters collect Reggie the Reindeer from St Botolph's School, Quarrington, pictured with: Rowan Rear, Lauren Jarvis, Harrison Kelly, George Watt, Emily Wood, Georgia Evans, Jack Olive and Hannah Pickard. EMN-151012-134857001

Sleaford firefighters collect Reggie the Reindeer from St Botolph's School, Quarrington, pictured with: Rowan Rear, Lauren Jarvis, Harrison Kelly, George Watt, Emily Wood, Georgia Evans, Jack Olive and Hannah Pickard. EMN-151012-134857001

The Sleigh has been built at Sleaford’s temporary full-time fire station on East Road, on the back of the team’s flat bed truck, normally used for delivering rescue equipment to the scenes of disasters, but this time it is decorated with a sleigh, reindeer and a little house where Santa can greet the children as he passes.

Colin Calam, crew manager at Sleaford Fire Station, wanted to thank all the local businesses who have helped with time and materials for this year’s sleigh: Homebase, Dulux Decorating Centre, Tesco, Yorkshire Trading Company, The Original Factory Shop, Travis Perkins, Buildbase, Sainsbury’s, Kiowa, Butler’s and Lloyds Bank.

They have also had the help of children from the town’s William Alvey and St Botolph’s Schools who have been painting and decorating some of the wooden cut-out reindeer to go on the sleigh. Colin said: “They have had free rein to come up with their own decorations for the deer, so we thank them for helping out.

The William Alvey deer was painted in school colours and dotted with maths equations.

The children from the foundation stage classes at St Botolph’s School helped to paint the other wooden reindeer.

Teacher Emma Glover said: “They had great fun covering them in green handprints to look like a Christmas tree and then added colourful baubles and glitter.”

Members of the fire crews came and collected ‘Reggie the Reindeer’ today (Thursday) and the children proudly displayed their handiwork.

Both the full-time and retained crews will be going with Santa’s sleigh collecting donations for the Fire Fighters Charity, which provides support and therapy to injured firefighters and their families. They will also be collecting for a local charity, as yet undecided, any suggestions of a local worthy cause, email: colin.calam@lincoln.fire-uk.org or call 01529 303896.

Starting at 5.30pm each evening, the sleigh will be visiting the following locations. On Sunday December 13 Santa will visit Clay Hill Road, Rookery Avenue and George Street, on Monday December 14 he will be at Ancaster Drive, Hervey Road, Ickworth Road, Victoria Avenue and St Edmund’s Road, on Monday December 21 they will be on Southfields, Hawthorn Drive and Oak Road, on Tuesday December 22 it is on St Giles Avenue, Milton Way, Russell Crescent and Stephen’s Way, and on Wednesday December 23 the sleigh will be on The Drove, North Parade, Stokes Drive, Winchester Way, Sycamore Drive and Jubilee Grove.