DEDICATED volunteers spread Christmas cheer while raising money for charities in Bracknell.

Easthampstead Rotary Club spent hours collecting donations from supermarkets in Tesco in Warfield and Waitrose in Wokingham for their beneficiary charities.

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A 'staggering' total of £3,120 was raised for local charity Me2Club, which helps young people with additional needs and disabilities in Wokingham.

Rob Hughes, Rotary club member, said: "We would like to thank the management and staff of Tesco Warfield and Wokingham, and Waitrose Wokingham for their cooperation with our collections, without which our charities would not benefit.

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"Also our volunteers, and of course the shoppers for their generosity."

Rotarians also helped collect money for the Me2 Club on December 6 at Asda Superstore in Lower Earley, which generated a further £740.

Bruce Irvine, Rotary club member, said: "A big thank you to those who gave us those precious moments to process their donations.

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"And our special thanks to the choir of St Michael and St Magdalene's Church, Easthampstead for adding a very seasonal touch to our collection on Saturday 22 December with their carol singing at Tesco Warfield."

In previous years, Easthampstead Rotary Club has donated £40,000 to causes and 75 per cent goes into charities, helping the elderly, homeless, seriously ill and young people.

The club meets every other Monday at The Coppid Beech Hotel in Bracknell.

Visit: easthampsteadrotary.org for more information.