CHARITIES in the Thirsk area will receive £1,500 following donations to the town’s Rotary club Santa run.

A team from the club brought Santa and his elves to Thirsk, Norby, Sowerby and Carlton Miniott on December 15, 16 and 22.

After expenses of £100, there will be funds to meet the costs of the Christmas dinner in East Thirsk Community Hall, the Rotary Endeavour Awards given to schoolchildren and other local charities.

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Rotarian Julian Capell, who organised the Santa run, said: “Although the weather mostly held off it was very cold, so we’d like to thank all who came out to meet Santa and give so generously.”