Ipswich Greyfriars’s Round Table has begun travelling around Ipswich with their hugely popular Rudolf and Santa tour.

For 53 years Rudolph has raised funds for many worthy local causes in and around Ipswich and this year is no different.

They have a “Rudy Tracker” and the link for each night is posted on their Facebook page /ipswichroundtable.

You can donate via bucket collection at your door, text line, online and via card payment.

To donate by text to 70470, simply text the phrase:

* “RUDY 2” for a £2 donation

* “RUDY 5” for a £5 donation

* “RUDY 10” for a £10 donation

Santa and his little helpers are all volunteers giving up their own time to spread a little Christmas cheer and raise much needed funds for local charities. 

Ipswich Star: Rudolph in 1999Rudolph in 1999 (Image: Newsquest)

This year the organisers have chosen to support Cancer Campaign in Suffolk who have recently celebrated their 25th anniversary, supporting people before, during and after their cancer diagnosis.

A spokesman from the Ipswich Greyfriars Round Table said: “Cancer now affectsone in every two people so everyone knows someone who has been affected by this terrible disease. By raising funds for a local cancer charity, we can directly support the people of Suffolk.”

Cancer Campaign in Suffolk has an information centre at Ipswich Hospital and a walk-in hub in St Margarets Street in Ipswich.

It is now led by new CEO Mark Murphy. Mark said: “I’ll be walking alongside Ipswich Round Table as will several of our CCiS supporters helping to collect donations. Every penny you donate will make a difference to someone here in Suffolk.”

Rudolph's route takes in Bramford Road, Belstead Hills, parts of Chantry and Stoke Park and continues each evening until Friday December 22, finishing at the Greyhound pub on Henley Road.

For a full list of roads go to /ipswichroundtable on Facebook or www.ipswichroundtable.co.uk