‘Don’t let minority ruin Christmas for the rest’, pleads Bourne club

Santa and the Bourne and District Lions Club tour around Bourne. Photo: Sam Miller EMN-151012-155524001
Santa and the Bourne and District Lions Club tour around Bourne. Photo: Sam Miller EMN-151012-155524001
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Fundraisers have pleaded with teenagers who threw stones at an elderly volunteer not to spoil Christmas for the rest of their community.

Members of the Bourne and District Lions Club were appalled when a man in his seventies who was helping collect donations on the Santa’s sleigh tour was attacked in Morton on Monday (December 7).

He was hit in the chest by a rock, and another narrowly missed his ear. Three teenagers were seen running away from the scene, at the corner of Broadway and The Crescent.

Lions member Rachel Chudley was one of those accompanying the sleigh that night. She said: “Thankfully he wasn’t hurt, but it could have been a lot worse.

“We will have to think about whether we will go down that part again, in case something does happen. It’s all about the safety of our collectors.”

Rachel said the club was determined to carry on with the sleigh tour, which typically raises about £6,000 to go towards good causes in the Bourne area. But she has pleaded to the small minority not to ruin the festive fun for everyone else.

“It’s not affecting us; we all want to carry on and keep doing it. But he could have been hit in the face.

“We are doing really well this year and matching what we have raised in previous years. The reception is always great.

“Even the adults love it because it’s been going on for years, and the kids from years ago have now grown up and got their own kids.

“We just don’t want things like this to ruin it for everyone else.”

Santa’s sleigh will continue its tour of Bourne on Monday (December 14) and heading out every night until its final stop on Saturday (December 19).

The full route can be seen at www.facebook.com/santainbourne, where people can also see a live tracker on each day.