Christmas spirit is spread far and wide

Hold tight: Les Hince and his young passengers take to converted caravan sleigh
Hold tight: Les Hince and his young passengers take to converted caravan sleigh
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PUB licencee Les Hince is a real life Santa – spreading festive joy with a caravan converted into a sleigh.

He’s touring Rotherham with elves, and arranged for junior club Rotherham Town FC to take gifts to children in Rotherham Children’s Hospital as part of his inspirational fundraising for charity.

This year Les has raised £18,000 through events at the Three Horseshoes pub in Wickersley for local charities or people in need.

In the New Year he will even visit Gambia to deliver 3,000 pairs of children’s shoes donated by Rotherham school pupils.

Les, who has been fundraising for 16 years, said: “People are amazingly generous and I’m quite confident we can raise our target to £30,000 next year.

“As well as donating used shoes to Gambia, through money raised and gifts from supermarkets Asda and Morrisons we have been able to sponsor two schools in Senegal supplying all-important stationery.

“All the money we raise locally we distribute locally to help those in need.

“We have just helped one family by paying for a stairlift for their daughter, who is disabled after a car accident, and another brave single mum who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, so she can pay for an extra special Christmas for her children this year.”

Les has impressed bosses at Three Horsehoes parent firm the Stonegate Pub Company.

Area manager Jon Perkins said: “Les is an inspiration to us all. He’s one of life’s truly selfless guys.”