Mansfield District Council’s Secret Santa appeal has been bolstered by a $500 grant from the Mayor’s Fund.

The £500 will be used to buy toys and gifts for adults and children across the district as the campaign seeks to reach even more local families.

The Secret Santa Appeal, in partnership with the Mansfield Building Society, is taking place for the third consecutive year and is already seeing floods of donations from the public.

Residents can bring new and unused gifts to various drop-off locations for children of all ages and their adult careers through Monday, November 28. Or, they can make a monetary donation on the council’s Just Giving page (opens in a new window).

The mayor set up the fund when he was elected in May 2019, with the idea of ​​helping as many community projects as possible with small sums of up to £500. The fund is made up of the mayor who donates 30% of his net salary, and the opportunity to apply comes up several times a year.

Mayor-elect Andy Abrahams said, “I am passionate about our local community and love giving back to Mansfield every year.

“As we approach Christmas, coupled with the difficulties that many families in Mansfield are facing this year with the cost of living, I want to make sure that all girls and boys receive a gift from Santa this year. .

“With this additional cash boost, I hope we can do just that. We are also asking for bespoke donations and gifts for adult carers in our communities who also need a little token of thanks this festive season.

“I hope making these donations from my stipend will encourage other organizations to contribute to our Secret Santa initiative or other groups in their neighborhood for the benefit of all this Christmas.”

Among those who have benefited so far from the Mayor 500 program are Thoresby Band, Mansfield Community Choir, Mansfield Harriers Athletics Club, 2n/a Mansfield Woodhouse and Vibrant Warsop guides.

Groups, associations and individuals can apply for up to £500 to support projects in their area. Funding can be used for revenue and capital, but must directly benefit the community.

Information on the reopening of applications will be communicated via the Facebook page and the board’s website. For more information visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/mayors500fund (opens in a new window). The next funding opportunity is scheduled for February 2023.


There will be various drop off points where people can leave their donations until Monday 28th November when they will be collected and distributed through the Mansfield Children’s Center service, Family Action FOOD clubs and local schools .

The drop points are:

  • Old Town Hall, Mansfield Town Center
  • Branch of the Mansfield Building Society
  • Civic Corner Cafe, Mansfield Civic Center
  • Four Seasons Shopping Center (from Monday, November 14, after the end of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal)
  • Ravensdale Children’s Center
  • Mansfield Woodhouse Children’s Center
  • Ladybrook Children’s Center
  • Warsop Children’s Center
  • Mansfield Museum
  • Smyths Toys, Portland Business Park, Mansfield

Please check the opening days and hours of each site before visiting.


For the Big Switch On, we would like to inform residents that at the end of the stage event, from 5:00 p.m. to 5:05 p.m., a 5 minute fireworks display will be fired from the top of the Walkden Street car park.

For this reason, we strongly recommend that attendees do not bring dogs/pets to this event.

If you live near the city center and have pets and are concerned about their welfare and safety, the RSPCA provides detailed expertise and advice on how to keep your pet safe. and quiet during fireworks – https://www.rspca. org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/general/fireworks (opens in a new window)