It’s what Christmas is all about for the Nailsea Leg Club

Pam and Malcolm Hunt were delighted to present the Nailsea Leg Club with a donation of £200 raised by the Nailsea Community Christmas Float. The Float raised a total of an amazing £5,445 for good causes in December 2023 and was a key feature at the Nailsea Town Council Community Christmas Fayre.

The Nailsea Leg Club a free to access, community initiative whose members are patients of the Tyntesfield Medical Group. They meet once a week at the Tithe Barn, Church Lane, Nailsea, every Wednesday 9am – 12.00 noon. Leg clubs provide community-based treatment, health promotion, education and on-going care for people of all age groups who are experiencing leg-related problems. A leg club is different because they are shaped around socialising. They have four key features that are different from conventional treatment:

• They are community-based, held in a non-medical settings
• The patient is treated collectively
• They operate on a drop-in basis (no appointments required)
• They offer help, advice and treatment for lower leg problems. No appointments are required and members can drop in to chat over a cup of tea or coffee while awaiting treatment. Transport can be arranged to and from the clubs, and parking is available. They cover any problems involving legs, from varicose veins, skin tears, eczema and leg ulcers to difficulties in walking.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Nailsea Leg Club please Telephone 07954 302 498.

Malcolm actually built the Nailsea Community Christmas Float himself over 40 years ago to raise money for good causes for the now disbanded Nailsea Lions Club. For generations of Nailsea residents the float has been an integral part of the Nailsea Christmas scene. Both Pam and Malcolm were keen to keep the Nailsea Community Christmas Float going as Pam says ‘It’s what Christmas is all about’.

The Nailsea Community Christmas Float could not run without the generous help of volunteers from the local schools, The Nailsea Scouts, and Guides groups and many other organisations who use it to collect money during the outings in December. Every year the Nailsea Community Christmas Float collects generous donations given by Nailsea residents to fund good local causes.

Pam says ‘During the past 40 years we have been running the Nailsea Community Christmas Float we’ve seen three generations of Nailsea residents grow up enjoying meeting Santa on his Float. We love touring the streets of Nailsea, Long Ashton, and Backwell every December and the support we’ve had over the years has been wonderful. This year we stopped at the Argentum Lodge, a care home for the elderly in Nailsea and it brought tears to my eyes seeing all the residents come out and enjoy the Christmas celebrations. It was a wonderful occasion’.

The donations not only supported the Nailsea Leg Club but also many other organisations in the area such as local schools, Mizzymead Dementia Group, Backwell & Nailsea Macular Society Support Group, Nailsea Climate Emergency Group, Nailsea and District Footpath Group and The Friends of Trendlewood Park to name a few of the many beneficiaries.