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Bereavement hotline launched in Lincolnshire for those grieving while self-isolating

A Lincolnshire charity has opened a special helpline for those isolating and dealing with the death of a loved one. St Barnabas Hospice which hosts day therapy sessions and has a shop and cafe in the town centre has launched the service in responce to the current COVID-19 pandemic. A spokesman for the hospice said: “Being isolated, dealing with the ...

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Sticking it to the virus

When it comes to drumming up support for key workers, you really can’t beat Dexter Atkinson. The nine-year-old has taken to marking the now weekly 8pm applause for the NHS on a Thursday by playing the drum kit in the family’s shed. Dexter likes to show his support for key workers, including his mum Katy Warnes-Jansons, who works as a ...

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Get in your gardens to commemorate VE Day

People across Spalding are being urged to celebrate VE Day in their gardens by the chair and standard bearer of the town’s Royal British Legion branch. Graham Hewitt is still looking to ceremonially dip the standard at 3pm on Friday May 8, the time 75 years ago Winston Churchill announced Germany’s surrender to the nation and the end of World ...

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Help nurse back on the saddle

An appeal has been launched to help a nurse treating COVID-19 patients buy a new bike after hers was stolen from her home. Lucy Brown was left distraught at the theft from her Holland Park estate home as she says the bike rides with her family are her way of escaping from the pressures of working for the United Lincolnshire ...

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Couple smash fundraising target

A Gosberton couple who took on the 2.6 Challenge have smashed their fundraising target. Adam Newell and Emma Edgoose (both 34) initially hoped to raise £260 for Kidney Research UK but they have now surpassed £530. On Sunday, Emma ran 2.6miles in the couple’s 14m x 7m back garden (111 laps!) while Adam biked 26km on his turbo trainer. When ...

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Staff are cream of the crop

Care home staff were treated to some delicious cakes thanks to the daughter of one of the residents they look after last week. Trudy Roberts organised the donation to the staff who look after her dad Tony Skillington (83) on the dementia ward of Cedar Falls Care Home in Spalding. As reported in last week’s issue of The Voice, staff ...

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Crowland food bank receives big boost thanks to Donate a Dinner

Crowland Food Bank has received a huge boost this week thanks to the Donate A Dinner appeal. It has been the recipient of 30 freshly prepared meals donated by Kelly Newman, of A Country Kitchen, along with a number of Easter eggs from Spalding’s Sainsbury’s store and a selection of non-perishable items donated through the appeal. Last week Sainsbury’s donated ...

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Kind gesture for Kindness team

A family who have been looking for a worthy cause to donate £500 in memory of a loved one have presented it to the Spalding COVID Kindness Team. Liz Hallissey, of Claudette Way, Spalding, is one of 16 grandchildren of Violet Mortlock who passed away last year, aged 95. In her will, all 16 were granted money to be given ...

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Care home’s emotional parade

A Gosberton care home organised an emotional ‘drive-past’ for residents to say hello to the loved ones who are not currently allowed to visit. Bank House Residential Home organised the convoy of cars to drive past the Gosberton Bank home. Staff also videoed it and put it online which has received over 10,000 views. It allowed the likes of Claire ...

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Support is just a phone call away

A group that looks to help those suffering with their mental health in Spalding has launched a free phone service. Community Mind Matters has been helping people in the community for a number of years and hold regular meetings to get some of the people it helps to integrate with each other and build up confidence. With the current COVID-19 ...

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Helping hundreds in villages

Those who have helped support rural villagers during the COVID-19 crisis have been thanked by a local councillor. The Street Ambassadors have been helping run errands for people in Moulton, Moulton Chapel, Moulton Seas End, Weston, Weston Hills and Cowbit. District councillor Andrew Woolf helped organise the volunteers who currently number 87 and who have been taking on a host ...

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A tasty treat for giving Piet

A volunteer has been thanked for their support for local community groups via a package afternoon tea. Piet Boekestijn, of Spalding, and his wife Ann were given the afternoon tea on Saturday as a thank you for helping so many community groups by Tulip Events mainstay Jan Whitbourn. As well as helping Jan with some donations, he’s also helped out ...

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Take your shot for a cash prize

A local photography group have relaunched their annual competition so more can take part during the current COVID-19 lockdown measures. Long Sutton Photography Group now wants your pictures of Lincolnshire landscapes and have opened its 2020 competition up to emailed entries as well as postal. The competition is open to everyone until June 30 and there’s prizes for both adults ...

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Send thanks to NHS with postcard competition

A competition to say thank you to NHS staff in Lincolnshire has been launched. Lincolnshire Community Health Service is launching a competition to design a thank you postcard. The idea is that the postcards must use the words ‘thank you’ and would ideally reflect the hundreds of different types of jobs in the NHS. There’s £25 Amazon gift vouchers available ...

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GALLERY – Glowing tributes to NHS while Spalding man urges others to put Christmas lights up tonight

You’ve been finding some fantastic ways to praise NHS staff and key workers – and one Spalding man is encouraging you to put your Christmas lights up. As well as the clap for the NHS taking place at 8pm every Thursday night, you’ve also been showing your support in other ways. Nurse and campaigner Mark ;e Sage, through his popular ...

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Care home’s moving video

A care home has created a moving video of residents singing We’ll Meet Again for relatives Tanglewood’s Cedar Falls in Spalding shared the video on social media and sent it to family and friends of the residents. Trudy Roberts’s dad Tony Skillington (83) opens the video. Tony Skillington “I wanted to say thank you to the staff for making it,” ...

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Veterans helped with packs

A number of war veterans have been getting donations thanks to local volunteers, businesses and groups. While the likes of next month’s VE Day celebrations won’t be taking place as normal, organiser Jan Whitbourn has been using her contacts book to ensure those veterans are being provided for via the Spalding COVID Kindness team. And Morrisons have helped get on ...

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‘Sore ear savers’ for frontline staff

A mum and daughter are supporting NHS staff by knitting ‘sore ear savers’. Vicci Tyler (38) was on her second week of furlough leave when she saw a post on Facebook asking people to knit sore ear savers for staff at Boston’s Pilgrim and Peterborough hospitals. Vicci tagged in mum Kathy Easey, who is retired and loves knitting. The pair, ...

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Massive boost for Donate A Dinner thanks to kind business owners

Our Donate A Dinner appeal has received a massive boost thanks to two local companies. Kelly Newman, of A Country Kitchen, has offered to donate 30 freshly prepared chilled meals every week, while Karen Slator, owner of The Fun Farm at Weston, has donated boxes of crisps and around 50 soft drinks. The Spalding and South Holland Voice has teamed ...

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Rent-free flat will help nurse keep parents safe

A nurse who needed to isolate from his parents due to the COVID-19 risk has been given a flat rent-free. Callum Philips, a staff nurse in the Peterborough Hospital A&E department, was chosen by Matt Clark, of the Activ Group, to move into the Spalding flat. Matt said: “I am extremely pleased to report that following our Facebook post (helped ...

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