Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 16°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Ipswich: Could you fill Santa’s boots to help charity?

13:20 07 December 2012

Dick Reynolds and Barbara Thorn

Dick Reynolds and Barbara Thorn

Archant

IPSWICH: A town charity is urging town residents to help spread a little Christmas spirit by stepping into Santa’s boots.

Where will Santa be?

December 7: Asda at Goddard Road

December 12: Tesco at Copdock

December 13: outside Marks and Spencer in Ipswich for late night shopping

December 14: Asda Stoke Park

December 15 and 16: Tesco in Ropes Drive, Kesgrave

December 19: Tesco at Martlesham

December 20: outside Marks and Spencer in Ipswich for late night shopping

December 21: Tesco at Copdock

December 22 and 23: Asda Stoke Park

Ipswich Mencap is on the hunt for volunteers to take on the role of Father Christmas after their usual Santa was forced to hang up his beard and sack due to sickness.

Dick Reynolds has taken on the role of Santa for the past 47 years, spreading the festive spirit throughout the town with Ipswich Mencap’s festive float.

Each year the float visits locations across Ipswich, Kesgrave and Martlesham Heath, playing Yuletide tunes and making people smile.

Donning the famous red suit, Mr Reynolds has taken to the town centre each year to help raise funds for the charity.

Another volunteer stepped in to take Mr Reynolds’ place at the weekend, with the festive float raising £633 for the charity so far.

Today, Barbara Thorn, chief executive of Ipswich Mencap, said: “Dick has done the role for the past 47 years but unfortunately he is ill and has had to stop. It really isn’t the same without him and I do miss him a lot.”

She added: “We are looking for people to dress up as Santa for a couple of hours for when our float is in the town.

“It would be great to get a few people involved.”

Anyone willing to take on the role of Father Christmas or volunteer in another capacity, is asked to call Barbara Thorn on 07766103563.

n Are you doing something festive for charity this year? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters @archant.co.uk

Related articles

0 comments

Laura Pearman and Elise Augier from Martin & Co with Jack Nicholl and Paul Seymour of pigs gone wild welcome Trotter Pig back after he returns from Hogspital. Pictured with some young pig fans.

Trotters Pig returned to the Pigs Gone Wild trail in Ipswich this lunchtime after being damaged earlier this month.

Customer spared jail

A man who told a building society cashier to hand over money while pointing what turned out to be a rolled newspaper under his coat at her has been given a suspended prison sentence for what was described as “a joke that hideously backfired.”

Robber hunted

A robber who held-up an Ipswich taxi driver at knifepoint early this morning is being hunted by police.

The Milburn Centre Syndicate at the West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk have scooped £1 million pounds in the National Lottery. Some of the lucky winners received their cheque at Ickworth Hall Hotel, Suffolk.  Picture by: Jason Mitchell

A syndicate of 20 West Suffolk College staff are celebrating their Lotto Millionaire Raffle win.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A north Essex man has been charged with grievous bodily harm after an Ipswich father-of-three was seriously hurt during a night out.

The main terminal building at Stansted Airport

A fugitive brothel madam who went on the run for seven years abroad before being caught at Stansted Airport is behind bars.

Car theft and break in

Motorists in Kesgrave are being urged to keep their cars locked and valuables out of sight after the latest in a string of attempts to access them.

Abellio Greater Anglia

A fault with barriers at a level crossing between Diss and Stowmarket is causing trains to run at a reduced speed on all lines.

Suffolk County Council chief executive Deborah Cadman.

Suffolk County Council’s chief executive is to take on a similar role at two district councils after being temporarily appointed the role.

Lasers racing on the River Alde

A Suffolk yacht club has raised thousands to help inner-city children realise their full potential.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24