Christmas appeal organisers delighted with your response

Christmas tree appeal at Market Place Dental Health Practice, Uppingham. Dental nurses, from left, Pearl McIntyre, Michelle Carter and Hayley Smith

Christmas tree appeal at Market Place Dental Health Practice, Uppingham. Dental nurses, from left, Pearl McIntyre, Michelle Carter and Hayley Smith

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People have been getting into the Christmas spirit and donating presents to vulnerable children through Rotary Club appeals.

Both the Rotary Clubs of Uppingham and Stamford St Martin’s have begun their annual Christmas tree appeal.

Trees have been put up in businesses, schools and health centres around Stamford and Rutland. Each tree is covered in labels with the age and gender of a child, and people are asked to pick a label and take back an appropriate present.

Rotarians are delighted with the response so far.

Joyce Marston, of the Uppingham club, said: “We have already had to put out more labels. We had three left at Empingham Medical Centre and four in Market Place Dental Health Practice in Uppingham.

“People are very much aware that it’s a time for children. It’s a great start.”

In Uppingham presents will be accepted until December 16. They will be given to children helped by Melton and Rutland Home-Start.

Trees have been put up in Empingham Medical Centre in Main Street, Empingham, The Falcon Hotel, in High Street East, Uppingham, and Market Place Dental Health Practice in Uppingham.

The Stamford St Martin’s club trees are at:

Cummins Generator Technologies, Barnack Road, Stamford; Curves of Stamford, Stamford Walk; Grasmere Farms, High Street, Stamford; Sainsbury’s, Ryhall Road, Stamford; Sheep Market Surgery, Ryhall Road, Stamford; St Gilbert’s Primary School, Foundry Road, Stamford; The Point of Health, Casterton Road, Stamford; Thurlby Primary School, Lawrance Park, Crown Lane; Thurlby Methodist Church, High Street; The Crown Inn, Main Street, Great Casterton; Smithers Purslow, Spring Lane, Glaston; The Horse and Jockey pub, St Mary’s Road, Manton; The Bluebell Inn, Woodgate, Helpston; and in Peterborough; Aebi Schmidt UK Ltd; Caterpillar/Perkins; Peterborough City Hospital Ambulance Station; Nenegate School; Phoenix School; Royal Haskoning DHV; and Voyager Academy.

Presents should cost between £5 and £10, and should be wrapped and put back under the tree.

Joanne Wye, deputy headteacher at NeneGate School in Peterborough, raised £350 towards the St Martin’s appeal by leading a spinning session at Westside Health Club in Stamford on Sunday. Pupils at NeneGate will choose the presents to donate.