In this video, Andrew Lloyd explains why we are unable to organise the #ChristmasFloat street
collections, because of Covid-19, however there will be static collections in the borough.

Farnborough Rotary at Christmas



Farnborough Rotary Club is proud of its long history, carrying out charity collections at Christmas, which has taken place continuously since 1958!

The Christmas Float, with its colourful light display, decorations and Christmas music – supported by Father Christmas, has been a familiar sight on Farnborough, Cove and North Camp streets during December, together with its presence at static collections  in the town centres .

Thanks to the generosity of Farnborough, Cove and North Camp residents a little over £15,000 was raised last year and used to support mainly local charities, ranging from individuals in difficult circumstances and need of support, through to a wide variety of local groups and organisations.

Unfortunately, this year has presented new and unprecedented challenges, as we have all had to come to terms with the Covid-19 pandemic together with playing our part in controlling its spread. This has meant that as a Rotary Club, we have had to balance our desire to continue raising much needed charity funds through street and static collections, against the need to protect and not endanger the health and safety of the public, or indeed the Club members carrying out the collections.

Against this background, we have taken the difficult decision not to carry out our normal street collections around Farnborough, Cove and North Camp this year, as we do not feel it would be possible in a Covid-19 secure way.

The good news, however, is that we will be present in the town centres with our static collections during December, having put in place a range of precautions to ensure that the arrangements are Covid-19 secure. This means that you will see some changes to the Christmas float this year aimed at ensuring appropriate social distancing and including the ability to make donations via Contactless card payment.

Mindful of the impact the pandemic has had, particularly on the most vulnerable in our society, it is more important than ever to support local charities and we would be extremely grateful for your help and support again this year.  To make it easier to donate, we are also setting up a Farnborough Rotary Club Just Giving Page.

However you may like to make a donation directly the Farnborough Rotary account. Here are our details.

Sort Code:  82 60 22 Account Number: 90018559 

Just Giving farnborough-rotary-christmas-float

The dates and sites for the static collections will be published on this page shortly and we will ensure that we will provide regular updates on this year’s collection arrangements.

The Club has appreciated greatly your support over the years and we hope sincerely that you will be able to do so again during this extraordinary year.

Take care and stay safe.