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Donations for the Agape food bank

Spalding’s Agape Food Bank is the latest group to benefit from our Donate A Dinner appeal. The food bank, which is operated by Chas Sandhu of the Lighthouse Church, will be the beneficiary of any items donated this week. The Spalding and South Holland Voice teamed up with Coun Harry Drury to launch Donate A Dinner – an appeal which ...

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A cool way to raise money

A motor neurone disease sufferer who has raised thousands of pounds for charity is hoping to raise awareness of the condition while raising a bit more cash. Nigel Brasier, of Donington, has reinvented the Ice Bucket Challenge – renaming it the Ice-Olation Bucket Challenge – in a bid to raise awareness of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The Ice Bucket ...

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Soaring efforts from air cadets

The lockdown hasn’t completely grounded Spalding Air Cadets with creating hundreds of items of protective clothing among the activities they’ve been carrying out. So far the 1406 (Spalding) Squadron of the RAF Air Cadets have printed and made over 300 face masks and 1,500 ear savers. Spalding Air Cadets’ Keris Moore (15) is among those making protective equipment and is ...

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GALLERY – Donations galore presented with help from Ella’s Project

Protective masks for a local school and more scrubs for NHS staff are among the items donated by a Spalding charity this week. Ella’s Project, set up and run by Mark Le Sage, has been helping provide support where needed. And they’ve teamed up with the For the Love of Scrubs group which are co-ordinating those making equipment in Lincolnshire. ...

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Thanks shown to teaching staff

Parents have shown their appreciation for the teachers supporting their children during lockdown. Parents of pupils at Spalding’s St Norbert’s Primary School gave teachers gifts and did a mini clap for teachers to say thank you. Melissa Ford, whose son Noah (7) attends the school, said: “I have always felt the staff there go above and beyond for all of ...

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Dancers are Diamondz in the lockdown

A dance school’s efforts to continue during the lockdown has led to them composing a video of thanks for NHS staff. Diamondz School of Dance which is usually based in Bourne Road, Spalding, has around 110 students after being set up by Abbi Thompson 13 years ago. She started it when aged 16 and it’s grown since then including moving ...

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A fish and chip thank you in memory of dad

Residents and staff at Holbeach Hospital were treated to a fish and chip supper as a thank you for the care they gave a former patient. The Hungry Plaice donated over 50 freshly cooked meals for those there and even came back later on Wednesday, May 20 so the evening staff didn’t miss out. Owner Georgina Lee-Price put on the ...

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Councillors give back to charities

Good causes in South Holland have received grants from Lincolnshire County Council to support them during the coronavirus pandemic. All eight councillors covering divisions in our district have helped to issue cash from the Covid-19 Community Fund Scheme. Each of the 70 county councillors is able to allocate up to £3,000 to community groups in their division. As of May ...

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Support for food banks, one of which has seen a huge year-on-year increase in use

Two local food banks have been given thousands of pounds to be able to continue to help some of the most vulnerable in South Holland with one reporting a nearly 550 per cent increase in its service last month. Both the Agape Food Bank in Spalding and Holbeach’s Food Bank have received the grants to help them continue through the ...

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Food bank is our latest recipient

Holbeach Food Bank is the latest group to benefit from the Donate A Dinner appeal. The Spalding and South Holland Voice teamed up with South Holland district councillor Harry Drury to launch the campaign at the start of April. Since then generous donations have ensured that scores of groups and individuals across the district have been supported. The idea behind ...

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Kindness Team will disband in June

The Spalding COVID Kindness Team will disband at the end of next month. The committee behind the team has decided to close it on June 28. On a post on their Facebook page, founder Keira Williamson said: “This decision has not been an easy one to make. “We are not by any means out of the COVID woods yet, but ...

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Women’s Great bid to raise funds

A woman is looking to beat The Great North Run in September alongside her friend just months after beating breast cancer. Teresa Walton, of Weston, was diagnosed with the disease after a routine mammogram just two days after son Sam got married last July. But after radiotherapy she was given the all clear on New Year’s Eve and is now ...

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El of a gesture for carers

Ella’s Project has continued to provide treats and essentials for local groups. The group set up by Mark Le Sage has been working with a number of local people including Diane Virden, Ros Reynolds and Louise Neal to help provide scrubs for local carers. They’ve also presented flowers and this week were able to donate cupcakes made by Janet Bowden. ...

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Amazing Alia’s hope of being miles better

A teenager who struggles every day with exhaustion is attempting to bike 100 miles during May to help find a treatment or cure for her debilitating condition. Nearly five years ago, Alia Jones (14) was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease that she describes as “making everyday life extremely exhausting and a challenge”. The condition leaves all parts of a sufferer’s body, ...

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Charity’s online talent show

It’s time to get your talents to a wider audience while raising money for a local charity in lockdown. Little Miracles, which puts on sessions and days for children with a disability in Spalding, has launched an online talent competition. The charity is unable to hold its usual events and fundraisers, so it’s looking for people to send in videos ...

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Kindness Team to ‘wind down’

A group set up to help others in Spalding is to start winding down some services as it says its need is decreasing thanks to the availability of the other services. Spalding COVID Kindness Team will continue with its food bank and care packages for the vulnerable and provide a wellbeing service. But it says it’s going to stop delivering ...

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Project donates to caring staff

A Spalding charity and group has stepped up to the plate and helped provide donations for local carers. Ella’s Project, which is run by Mark Le Sage, has for a number of years been collecting clothes for young people. And a few weeks ago for the COVID-19 crisis it, alongside the group For the Love of Scrubs Spalding, put the ...

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Thanks for your continued support

Donate A Dinner continues to help families across the district thanks to the generosity of readers and local businesses. The Spalding and South Holland Voice teamed up with Coun Harry Drury to launch the appeal, which aims to ensure that no child goes hungry while the schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve been delighted with the support shown ...

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Coleslaw for Kindness Team

A Spalding-based coleslaw manufacturer has donated 2,500 pouches to the town’s COVID Kindness Team. Naylor Farms, one of Europe’s largest cabbage farms and long-life coleslaw manufacturer, has pledged their support to the team through the supply of 2,500 cheese coleslaw and potato salad food pouches. These pouches will make up part of food boxes which will be delivered to residents ...

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GALLERY – VE Day marked across the area

Celebrations might not have been exactly as planned but people across South Holland still turned out to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day in style. Because of the coronavirus pandemic events planned to celebrate the occasion had to be called off but residents were determined not to let it slip by unmarked. Many people held picnics in their gardens, ...

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