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With Santa soon on his way, we take a look back on Christmas 2016 and the incredible impact that Round Table Santa sleigh fundraising has on the local community. 

Burton Round Table have for 68 years been supporting their local community with fundraising events, including the annual Santa sleigh. Last year the guys had a blast out on the streets and local residents came out in their droves to wave to Santa and donate to some brilliant causes. One local resident of Burton last year said: "We love seeing Santa every year and seeing my little girls face light up as he goes past is priceless!"

With the help of some Christmas magic the Table members were able to raise over £8,500 for local charities.

As part of the brilliant work done by the Burton Round Table members, they were delighted to this year donate £2,000 to Snowdrop Suite and neonatal ward. The Santa sleigh donation meant that the ward now has new chairs for parents taking care of their newborns. 

Members of Burton Round Table visited the Snowdrop Suite and neonatal ward at the Belvedere Road hospital to see the chairs purchased following their donation. The money has been used to help the neonatal ward which cares for premature babies and the Snowdrop Suite, set up for parents who are grieving the loss of their baby. Matthew Hidderley, Immediate Past Chairman of Burton Round Table and manager at capital engineering projects firm Lorien Engineering Solutions, said: "It was very humbling to see how the money was helping the wards. I personally have first-hand experience of the neonatal ward as my now seven-year-old daughter was on the ward when she was born.

"It is one of those experiences you don't want to have but I was over the moon with the way we were supported and helped but we were very pleased to leave as well. People do a lot of research when they are pregnant but no-one researches what happens when there are problems.

Chris Maddox, the Burton's Hospital NHS Trust's community partnerships and charities manager, said: "We are extremely happy that Burton Round Table has awarded the donation to us and we can't thank the group enough for its support. Both the neonatal ward and The Snowdrop Suite support families in a real time of need. I would also like to thank the hard-working staff that deliver the care to our patients."

This year the guys will be braving the cold once again and would love for you to join them in their activities. If you are a man aged 18 to 45 who would like to find out more about Burton Round Table, including community and charity support through to fun activities such as rifle shooting, segway polo and paintballing, visit their Facebook page here.

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