The Southport Hesketh Round Table would like to praise and thank everyone that came out in force on the streets of Southport in December and saw their Santa float.

The volunteers brought Father Christmas to Southport over 14 nights & one Sunday. It was the biggest and most popular float in years, and was assisted from a range of local charities & community groups.

The float pulled by Chris Shaw’s brightly lit truck covered routes from Woodvale through to Hesketh Bank – and added to over 500 hours’ worth of Santa-time with over 35 miles of roads covered.

The charity raised over £8,500 in donations which supported local charities and good causes including The Meols Cop Youth & Community Partnership, The Samaritans, The Southport Gymnastic Club, Southport Meols Rotary club and a range of other local groups.

Marc Foreman, Ways & Means Officer for the Southport Hesketh Round Table explains that the additional coverage from the ‘Dancing Santa’ from youtube, Facebook and BBC1 North West has proved a massive success for the awareness of the charity and Round Table organisation and fantastic for spreading joy and the Christmas magic in the region.

The Dancing Santa of Southport has been a huge success with over 25,000 views on the BBC North West page: https://www.facebook.com/BBCNW/videos/342845876510558/?v=342845876510558