Diners and drinkers in Bedfordshire defied the credit crunch by donating �1,200 to Keech Cottage Children's Hospice during Biggleswade Rugby Club's annual Santa Night at the weekend.
Over 50 players and their friends dressed up as Father Christmas and visited hostelries in Biggleswade and Sandy as well as singing to train passengers and passing motorists.
The club have supported Keech Cottage for a number of years and this is the largest single amount that the club have raised for the hospice, which cares for seriously ill children and the families in the Bedfordshire area.
Ross Taylor, one of the organising Santas, said " We would like to thank the landlords and public in both towns for the generosity, the night went very well and most of the Santa's were wrecked by the end of the night"
The Santa Night came a few hours after Biggleswade's first XV beat Wellingborough OGs in a Midlands Five East (South) match and the club's second team overcame their Sawston counterparts, also in the league.