Fundraising

Tommy guards first war grave in Holbeach

After a successful appeal to raise money for a ‘Tommy’ sculpture to commemorate the First World War, the specially commissioned steel soldier has been posted at his first grave. Tommy now stands at the grave of Robert Diss of the Lincolnshire Regiment in Holbeach Cemetery. Mr Diss died on October 7, 1915. Spokesman Michael Brett said: “So far we have ...

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Gosberton House School’s bouncy birthday

There was good cause for a Spalding school to celebrate at the weekend. Gosberton House Academy pulled out all the stops to mark the school’s 65th anniversary. Fun inflatables, a range of food and stalls were all on offer on Saturday as pupils, families and staff marked the special event. A school spokesman said more than £500 had been raised ...

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Spalding carer raises cash for Sense client

A kind hearted carer has raised cash to help a young man who loves to stand in the sunshine. Matt Rogers works for the charity Sense and one of the people he supports has severe epilepsy. “He can have a number of drop seizures a day, he loves to stand in the sunshine in the garden but it is not ...

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Whaplode bingo queen’s three little ducks for breast cancer unit

All the twos, £222 were presented to a hospital unit that looks after breast cancer patients recently following a charity bingo night. The regular bingo nights at Whaplode Village Hall continue to be successful and the Breast Cancer Care Unit at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston was the grateful recipient following the last night on Friday, May 18. Organiser Phyllis ...

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Duo’s marathon nights in fight against breast cancer

A Spalding woman and her former colleague are stepping into the night on three marathon walks one of which is in Iceland. Pam Thompson, of Spalding, is joining former Bakkavor colleague Jenny Darroch, of Murrow, for the Moonwalks in Glasgow and Reykjavik in June where participants walk 26.2 miles through the night in aid of breast cancer research. They have ...

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Spalding Carl skirts the Rat Race

A Spalding man has raised over a thousand pounds for charity after completing the Rat Race dressed in a tutu. Carl Repper completed the 20 mile challenge in Stamford that featured 200 obstacle in five hours 15 minutes. Every year the policeman looks to do something for charity and this year he chose Children with Cancer UK to be the ...

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Hats off to hats-on solicitors in Spalding

A Pinchbeck personal injury team dug out their wackiest hats for an awareness day. Last Friday, Brain Injury Association charity Headway encouraged the nation to don their silliest hats to raise awareness and funds for victims of brain injury. This year they had a regal theme in honour of last week’s royal wedding and participants had the opportunity to win ...

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Holbeach Air Cadets collect for community larder

A cadet group in Holbeach has responded to requests for food. Upon reading a news story that a surge in usage had left the Holbeach Community Larder and Cafe bare (The Voice, 22/03/18), the young members of the 2430 Holbeach Squadron Air Training Corps took up the cause and brought food from home to present to the food bank. Civilian ...

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Bingo night Saturday to help Scouts trip Stateside

The fundraising has began to help send six local scouts to America for the World Jamboree 2019. Six scouts and Explorer Scouts from South Holland have been selected to join 55,000 others at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia in August 2019. The local scouts are hosting a series of events to fund the trip which they ...

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Nature reserve revamp hopes for Holbeach

Holbeach councillors are hoping shoppers will choose their cause and help improve the facilities at the town’s nature reserve. The parish council is bidding for a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. It’s hoped the award of either £4,000, £2,000 or £1,000 will go towards improving visitor access at the Fishpond Lane nature reserve. Planned improvements include ...

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Church provides boost for marathon runner

Proceeds from three Lent Lunches at St Laurence’s Church, Surfleet, have been donated to Teenage Cancer Trust. Rev David Sweeting presented a cheque for £386.40 to Emma Wilson, who recently ran the London Marathon to raise money for the charity that provided support for her sister, Louise, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour at 19 years old. Emma, who ...

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Tommy appeal for Holbeach cemetery

Holbeach Cemeteries Trust has launched an appeal for money to buy a six-foot ‘Tommy’ statue to stand near its war graves. One Tommy, by charity There But Not There, costs £750. More will be bought if donations allow. To donate, visit the donations page online here, drop money in a collection box in a town shop or post a cheque ...

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Footballers net funds for Mason

A charity football match has helped a family towards netting their goal of raising enough money to buy a potentially life-changing cap. A group of footballers came together at Pinchbeck United’s Knight Street ground on Sunday to raise funds for five-month-old Mason Battley who has been diagnosed as in the worst one per cent in the country with brachycephaly, or ...

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Having a ball for charities

A group of friends are looking to raise thousands for a special needs school and Diabetics UK this year. The collective, who are calling themselves the Snowflake Committee, have met through Weightwatchers and in the past two years have raised money for several charities. This year they’re helping charity Diabetics UK and also the Friends of Garth School (FOGS) who ...

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Charity cyclists to ride against stress

Three cyclists from Quadring will ride from Scotland to London next week for a veterans charity. Army veterans and rugby fans Peter Elrick (60) and Tim Barnes (45) will cycle more than 500 miles from Murrayfield in Edinburgh to Twickenham, ending at the stadium on the day of the Babcock Trophy Army v Navy match in May. Peter and Tim, ...

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Holbeach’s Chosen charity donation

A Holbeach charity has given away more than £12,000 so far this year. In the latest donation, Chosen has presented £500 to Ellie-Mae Belokon-Dennis who is raising funds for her trip to America for the 24th World Scout Jamboree. She will be joining around 50,000 scouts from around the world in West Virginia. The charity has also donated £4,000 to ...

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South Holland market traders boost lifeboats

Members of the South Holland Market Traders Group took to the seaside to for their latest cheque presentation. The group presented £935 to the RNLI at Skegness on Sunday, March 25. Throughout the past 12 months market customers have been giving generously and helping the traders raise the sums. There was also an auction held with help from Pendragon Antiques, ...

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Marathon is fresh challenge for postman Ade

A Spalding postman who has raised more than £11,500 in memory of a colleague who died from cancer is fundraising again. Nine years ago Ade Mills set up cancer foundation Ride for Robbie in memory of Robbie Coats. Since then he has participated and organised biannual events to raise money for the cancer wards and department at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital. ...

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Firefighters make a splash for charity

Local fire crews have been hosing down cars for charity. Those at Spalding station collected money for Lincoln based colleague Stefan Hawcroft who is raising funds for treatment for an inoperable brain tumour. Thanks to the donations and those that helped out they raised a brilliant £1,150. A spokesman said: “A massive thank you to everyone. We’re so humbled by ...

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Help for Holbeach hospital thanks to bingo

A full house helped raise over £900 for charity at a specially arranged bingo afternoon. Trevor and Teresa Gibbons put the event on at the Holbeach Women’s Institute Hall to raise money for the Holbeach and East Elloe Hospital on Saturday March 10. Thanks to the fantastic prize donations and raffle, a brilliant £928.30 was raised for the hospital. Rebecca ...

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