JustGiving appeal for Potters Bar Rotary Club’s replacement generator

PUBLISHED: 14:10 29 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:26 29 December 2017

The Potters Bar Rotary Club's Christmas sleigh. Picture: Supplied.

The Potters Bar Rotary Club's Christmas sleigh. Picture: Supplied.


The Welwyn Hatfield Times’ Potters Bar Edition and Potters Bar Rotary Club have joined together to fundraise for a replacement generator after thieves stole the one attached to the club’s Christmas sleigh.

A JustGiving page has been set up where the people can donate towards the cost of a replacement generator.

•To donate, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/whtrotarygenerator

The generator was stolen from the club’s Christmas sleigh between 11am and 12.10pm on Friday, December 22, as members collected money for charity outside Tesco in Mutton Lane.

Sadly, the club’s insurance will not cover the cost of a replacement generator, which is likely to be in the region of £1,200.

John Godfrey, of Potters Bar Rotary Club, said: “I would rather it hadn’t happened, but from something bad and grim, I hope something good can happen.

“If we can replace the generator that would be great and any extra money raised can be put into good causes.”

Chris Cardell-Williams, secretary of Potters Bar Rotary Club, said: “The generator is responsible for powering the lights, music and snow on the sleigh, which has been bringing joy and Christmas magic to the community for the past 20 years.

“We would be very grateful for any donation you can make to help us buy a new generator of similar power and restore Christmas cheer in years to come!”

Welwyn Hatfield Times editor Nina Morgan said: “It’s terrible that Potters Bar Rotary Club members had their generator stolen while fundraising.

“Rotary members work tirelessly to support so many good causes, both locally and internationally.

“I hope that with the support of the people of Potters Bar we will be able to raise enough money to replace their generator.”

•Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference J3/17/1791 or report information online at https://www.herts.police.uk/Report

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