Firefighters have presented £5,100 to worthy Melton causes after raising the money through their popular annual Trumpton Christmas tours around the town.
Crew members from Melton Fire Station traditionally travel around the various housing estates with Santa Claus riding in a replica of the Trumpton fire engine from the children’s popular TV show.
Collections are made and then the cash is distributed to groups, charities and organisations which make an application for a share.
This year’s beneficiaries include Melton Community First Responders, who will be able to buy new equipment to use on emergency call-outs, and Birch Wood School, which intends to buy a new sound system for its pupils.
Cheques were also given to the Oasis Family Centre, for new sensory equipment, and Scalford playgroup, for new play apparatus, while Melton Toys shop vouchers were handed out to Sandy Lane toddler group and Melton Mowbray Child Contact Centre.
The remainder of the money was presented to representatives of Scalford Court Care Home in Melton, for a day trip, and to both 103 The Eye radio station and Growing Communities for them to buy new equipment.
Organiser Scott Smith said: “We were really pleased with the amount we collected this year, thanks to the generosity of the people of Melton.”