Fundraising

Mark’s royal medal honours for his voluntary work

Spalding man Mark Le Sage is celebrating after being awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Mark (52) is being recognised for the voluntary service he has done to help the community and aid the rehabilitation of offenders. He said: “It was such a wonderful surprise and a bit of a shock, however I feel very ...

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Gym owner’s heavyweight D-Day effort

Holbeach gym owner and former marine Sam Fowler completed the equivalent of 7.33 miles during a treadmill run in aid of the Royal British Legion, raising than £366 for the charity. The 75-minute feat was timed to coincide with events in the UK and France commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 1944, a turning point in the ...

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Time for fun at bingo event

Whaplode Village Hall is £268 better off thanks to the bingo players that congregate there every month. The hall was again the setting for Phyllis Newton’s charity bingo session on May 17. And it was the beneficiary with the hall’s Lee Morris receiving the cheque at the end of the night. The next event at Whaplode Village Hall is on ...

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Sam’s fundraising effort in salute to D-Day

Holbeach gym owner and former marine Sam Fowler will be going the extra mile this week to raise funds for the British Legion.   Sam (31), who opened Royals Gym in August last year after completing six-and-a-half years’ service in the Royal Marines, aims to run for 75 minutes on a treadmill wearing his old assault vest filled with 7.5kg ...

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Open garden raises cash

The winners of the 2018 Holbeach in Bloom Best Garden Award opened their acclaimed green space to the public last weekend and raised hundreds of pounds for a the couple’s local church charity. Eileen Gilliatt and her husband Colin, who previously won a Spalding in Bloom award at their old address, put on the event to raise money for their ...

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Lexi makes the cut for charity

A woman who hates having her long hair cut had 12 inches off last week to provide a young child with a wig. Lexi Coote, of Spalding, who is in training to be a primary school teacher, had the dramatic cut for the Little Princess Trust which creates wigs for children who suffer hairloss due to illness. She’s also raised ...

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Money in memory of Alex

More than £1,500 was roped in for charity in memory of a friend at Spalding’s Elizabethan Centre recently. A country and western afternoon was held by the centre’s social club in memory of Alex Ford who passed away aged 73 after suffering with Motor Neurone Disease. Acts Tennessee Stud and Dale Diamond entertained the 150 people at the event organised ...

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Ladies’ big boost for charity

A group of women have helped raise more than £1,600 for the Alzheimer’s Society by holding a Cupcake/Fun Day. Kelly Greengrass-Smith, Kelly Scotney, Kodie Greengrass-Munton, Liz Greengrass, Lucy Waite, Sarah Barlow, Sandy Daniels and Zoe Dawson put on the private event in Spalding on Saturday, May which included a host of games and stalls as well as entertainment from The ...

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Zebra do it for dogs and dementia

Spalding rock group Zebra played to a full house at the Castle Sports Cafe and Bar last weekend a charity event organised by John Phoenix to raise funds for two charities close to his heart, Guide Dogs for the blind and Dementia UK. John said: “This is the best event I have put on here, everyone has had so much ...

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Charity effort packs a punch

A 42-year-old is being spurred back into the boxing ring to support a family who lost a loved one to a brain tumour. Chris Miller from Holbeach is raising money for Cancer Research and The Brain Tumour Charity by taking part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing Event at the Peterborough Arena on June 29. After taking part once previously ...

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Spalding choir braves stage for charity

A Spalding choir made up almost entirely of newcomers hit the stage in Peterborough last week for a good cause. Never having sung before or with little experience, several men from Spalding got out of their comfort zone, took up the gauntlet and after auditioning, joined with others from all over the region, as part of the Men United in ...

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Women’s charity supported by Inner Wheel

A charity that helps victims of domestic abuse has been given a cash boost by the charitable efforts of the Spalding Inner Wheel. An Inner Wheel spokesman said: “Following a very interesting and informative talk given by Sarah Smith regarding her work with SoLDAS / Boston Women’s Aid Charity, Inner Wheel President Carole Cooke presented her with a cheque for ...

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Lexi’s locks set for the chop

A Spalding gymnastics coach is to dramatically cut her hair for charity.   Lexi Coote is having 12 inches cut off to be donated to the Little Princess Trust Charity that creates wigs for children who suffer hair loss due to illness.   “I am the worst person for not getting my hair cut,” said Lexi who as well as ...

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Mia is Sense’s shining star

National disability charity Sense has thanked Spalding toddler Mia Clucas after she helped them raise an amazing £172,300 as the face of its 2018 Christmas appeal. Mia, who is three in August, was born with two extremely rare genetic conditions – Coffin-Siris Syndrome and PCDH12 – which have left her with a malformed brain and rendered her severely disabled. But ...

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Diane takes the plunge in memory of husband

  A flight attendant who jumped out of a plane at the weekend in memory of her husband says it was “the best feeling ever”.   Diane Virden (51), of Spalding, took the plunge at Sibson airfield to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity which helped husband Simon when he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer which had spread ...

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Litter pick group hopes to pick up sponsors

A group that aims to keep Spalding clean is looking for businesses to help support its litter picking. Spotless Spalding, organised by Coun Jack McLean, is looking to hear from anyone who could sponsor litter picking equipment. He set the group up four years ago to improve the area. “We have branched out into community gardening a few times and ...

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Phil returns to London Marathon

Twelve months after saying last year’s London Marathon was going to be his “first and last”, Phil Newton was back at the event this year. The 42-year-old from Sutton St James once again raised over £1,500 for the charity World Horse Welfare by completing the 26.2 mile course. He hadn’t even taken on a run until Christmas 2017 but smashed ...

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Flight attendant to jump from plane

A South Holland woman who spends her working life flying is about to leap from a perfectly good plane. But it’s not one of the Easy Jet passenger jets she crews, and she will be raising money in memory of her husband who died from cancer at the age of 42. Diane Virden will be heading to an airfield this ...

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Charity match kicks-off for hospice

A charity football match is being held on Saturday to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice at Holbeach United. The game will be in memory of Jonathon Britton who was a keen footballer and played for Holbeach United A Social Club and reserve teams until he was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2010 at the age of 34. He ...

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Hair today, gone tomorrow for Barber Shoppe owner

He’s used to cutting other people’s hair, but the owner of a Spalding barbers has raised over £100 by having his own dramatic hair cut. Alan Mackey, of The Barber Shoppe in New Road, took on the shave to raise money for men’s mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). Thanks to donations through the shop, he was able ...

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