SADLY I have to report that the Christmas charity mail, organised by the Swanage Lions Club for the past seven years, has had to be cancelled for 2015.

Several of the Lions volunteering to organise the event have been affected by either ill health or difficult personal circumstances and cannot commit to the event. This leaves too few to get the mail operational.

The club hopes that another organisation might be prepared to take on the event for 2016, with the Lions happy to help in every way we can. This is such a good way to raise funds to help local charities as well as being a fine example of the community working together.

Let us hope the charity mail returns next year. If anyone is interested, please contact the Swanage Lions Club.

DAVID DEAN

On behalf of the Swanage Lions