COVID concerns have led to the cancellation of Santa’s traditional tour around Worcester streets.

It will be the first time the popular fundraiser has not been held over the festive period - but organisers Worcester Lions have come up with a virtual alternative.

Father Christmas’ city tour through the streets has been a firm favourite that kicked off the festive season for many, but was also a big fundraiser for the Worcester Lions as thousands raised over the years have gone to good causes through its Community Grants Scheme that is supported by the Worcester News.

Helen Digger, from the Worcester Lions, said: “As a club we are devastated to have had to cancel - if we could have found a way we would have.

“Instead this year we are doing Zoom Santa.

“The three sessions have already been totally booked up - but we may offer more if people want more.

“We will ask people for details so that Santa can have a meaningful conversation with a child, and Santa sends an e-card at the end.”

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To register an interest in having a Santa zoom session email

Anyone who takes part can also make a donation to support Worcester Lions.

Meanwhile it is set to be a busy period for the club as throughout December a Young Lockdown Hero competition that has just been announced will be running.

Full details are still to be released but Mrs Digger said: "We will have people nominate a young lockdown hero, whether it is this lockdown or the last.

"We are aware that various other organisations have done Lockdown Hero competitions - but we feel that the younger generation have been missed out.

"They will receive a certificate.

"It is all about highlighting the wonderful work young people in Worcestershire have been doing."

For more details on the club, and anyone who wants to become a member, can visit Worcester - UK - Lions Club on Facebook.