WIDNES Rotary Club wishes to thank everyone who contributed towards their Christmas float collection.

They raised a phenomenal £11,000.

Mike Aldridge, chairman of the community and vocational committee of Widnes Rotary Club, said: “This was a truly amazing amount of money in what we know are hard times.

“We are now inviting groups, clubs and organisations to apply for funding for there project or piece of equipment they are in need of.”

Groups bidding for funding are asked to write to: Mr M Aldridge, Widnes Rotary Club, c/o Hillcrest Hotel, Cronton Lane, Widnes,Cheshire WA8 9AR.