Uckfield Lions raised more than £7,000 over the festive season – about £4,800 with Santa’s Sleigh and £2,400 in profit through a supermarket draw.
The sleigh figure was a record amount and most of that will go towards the Lions community minibus replacement fund.
Funds raised in the draw at Waitrose have been split between the Macmillan Nurses Appeal and the minibus replacement fund.
The prizes of Waitrose vouchers were won by Mrs Ingram, £200, Mrs Ridley, £100 and Mrs Hayes, £50.
The Lions current minibus has been used intensively since it was bought 15 years ago in 2002, costing £29,000.
It has done more than 83,000 miles and in 2014 there were 208 bookings over 206 days. It was even used on Christmas Day to transport the lonely to a Christmas dinner.
The Lions say the minibus is still sound but has increasing maintenance needs and a breakdown when in use would be unacceptable.
A new minibus is expected to cost about £45,000 so even with the replacement fund increasing by £5,990 thanks to Christmas monies there is still a long way to go.
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