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Spalding water taxi pilot thanked for ‘saving 225 lives’

A Spalding water taxi pilot who gave his first pint of blood 44 years ago has been formally thanked for making his 75th donation. Terry Day received the crystal award at the Trent Region Blood Donors’ award ceremony. His first donation was in 1971 when he was in the Royal Navy. The local blood donor team visited HMS Drake where ...

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Fashion show reaps rewards for charities

Two charities have benefited from a fashion show held at a Spalding shop. Beales Department Store in Market Place hosted the fashion show, in conjunction with Weight Watchers, back in October. The event raised £1,000 with Beales half of the money going to Macmillan Cancer Support and Weight Watchers’ half to Diabetes UK.

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Community cash on offer

A £30,000 pot of cash is available for grants of between £250 and £1,000 for community groups who want to deliver projects that could have an impact on the reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour. Successful applications in the past have included a youth trip, seen as a diversionary event to keep youngsters involved in productive activities, and assistance with ...

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£250 thank you to air ambulance

Pinchbeck Carnival Committee has handed over £250 to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance in memory of one of the event’s long-time supporters. The money was presented to Jane Stacey, representing the charity, by committee member Kate Watkins on behalf of the family of Harry Camps, who had been involved in the village carnival for many years. Committee chairman Chris ...

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If Jamie Oliver can do it, then so can Pennygate Community Drop-In Centre

When you think of a restaurant set up as a social enterprise to fund a charity it is inevitably Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen that springs to mind. But, did you know the same concept is also being used in Spalding? Dr Azmeena Nathu, of Spalding’s Pennygate Surgery, and Brenda Wickham have created their very own Fifteen-esque cafe to fund services for ...

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Maurice receives his MBE

A man who has dedicated years to championing disabled people and their families in the Spalding area has been presented with his MBE. Maurice Chappell, of West Pinchbeck, was granted the honour by the Queen in her birthday honours list last June for services to the disabled. He was presented with it on behalf of the Queen by Lord Lieutenant ...

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Machu Picchu trek to raise cash for epilepsy

A former Spalding Grammar School student is going to trek Machu Picchu to raise money for The Epilepsy Society. Chris Douglas has already raised £340 via a street collection in Spalding Town Centre in December. He is hoping to break through £3,000 with the trek in August, to help people with epilepsy. Epilepsy is a long-term neurological disorder that currently ...

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Spalding girl Zuzanna (9) has locks lopped for charity

A girl of nine has had her long locks chopped off and donated them to be made into a wig for a child who has lost their hair to cancer treatment. Zuzanna Miernik’s act of kindness continues what is fast becoming a trend for clients of Mishishi hair and beauty salon, in New Road, Spalding. Zuzanna’s mum Justyna Miernik (32), ...

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Toddler group plans to carry on playing

A popular toddler group is hoping to break the mould by continuing to meet during school holidays. Usually groups for mums and pre-school children take a break when schools are out, but Tulip Toddlers is hoping its members will make the most of the chance to take along older children to join in the fun during February half-term. If the ...

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Donations appeal to help disabled children’s charity

A charity that funds research to help ill and disabled children is looking for donations of auction items. Auctioneer Alan Porter came up with the idea for the Spalding Action Medical Research Charity Auction and is running it for the committee. Petronella Keeling, committee member and Action Medical Research regional chairman, said: “It’s a good excuse for all of us ...

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Spalding man recognised in New Year Honours gets a curtain call

Spalding’s Graham Dark, who received a BEM award in the New Year’s Honours, had a surprise call on to a theatre stage to be congratulated. Graham, who founded and runs Spalding 50+ Sports and Social Club, has been arranging trips to The Embassy Theatre in Skegness for 15 years. The surprise came during a recent trip for 57 people to ...

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Yogathon fundraiser for SPOTS and Agapecare Foodbank

A three-hour yogathon is being held as a fundraiser this month. SPOTS (Supportive Parents Of Tomorrow’s Stars) – a charity promoting the benefit of recreation facilities for children and families – and Agapecare Foodbank will be the beneficiaries of the event at The Umbrella in Westlode Street, Spalding, on Saturday, January 24. There will be three hours of yoga with ...

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Spalding student Ellie (18) features in nationwide National Citizen Service advert

A Spalding teenager is appearing on advertising billboards across the country to promote National Citizen Service (NCS). Ellie Harrison was invited to take part in the campaign, entitled Our Future, as a result of her transformation in confidence following a social action project on the NCS programme. She helped residents and staff at care home Southfields House in Woolram Wygate, ...

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Labour’s parliamentary candidate for South Holland and The Deepings backing cancer campaign

Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for South Holland and The Deepings is backing Cancer Research UK’s Cross Cancer Out campaign. Matthew Mahabadi (pictured) has previously fundraised for the charity in the Perkins Great Eastern Run in Peterborough. He said: “Cancer Research UK is a charity very close to my heart since the disease has sadly affected friends and family around me. ...

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Awards for talented Spalding artists

Two Spalding Grammar School students have been recognised for their artistic talents. Rex Briddon and Lloyd White were both winners in the Willoughby Memorial Trust’s 2014 Art Competition. Rex won first prize in the Key Stage 4 category for his brilliantly accomplished multi-media self portrait, Rex, while Lloyd was highly commended for his compelling digitally manipulated photographic portrait The Girlfriend. ...

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Abandoned pups have new homes

Four abandoned Border Collie puppies have found new homes after being featured in the Voice. Back in November we ran a piece about the pups which were less than half the weight they should have been after being neglected by their owner. They were taken in by Central German Shepherd Rescue (CGSR) and have all now gone to loving new ...

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Tulip Radio listeners win TV prizes from Hughes

Three Tulip Radio listeners have each won a new television worth £700 from Hughes in Spalding. Maurice Cudd, Dave Green and Louise Baxter all had LG 47in 3D Smart TV prizes in their homes ready for Christmas. The winners’ names were drawn at random after correctly answering a question broadcast on the Spalding station. Tom Hughes, manager of Hughes’ branch ...

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Holbeach charity shop Chosen aims to raise £30,000 for local good causes this year

A charity shop in Holbeach which raised and donated more than £27,000 to local good causes last year has sets its target even higher in 2015. Chosen Charity is a phenomenal success and keeps growing – so treasurer Iris Boland wants to raise £30,000 this year. It’s a remarkable story for a shop floor measuring just 6m x 5m, with ...

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Pupils share book reviews

Pupils in Year 4 at Spalding Parish Church of England Day School have been sharing their reading views with other children across the country on the Young Writers website. They have enjoyed being challenged to write reviews for a variety of books. The children were able to write about the plot, characters and the author’s language choices. Teacher Kim Bird ...

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Christmas party fun for kids

Christmas parties helped youngsters get into the festive spirit. MP John Hayes opened a party at Whaplode St Catherine village hall, while Santa visited the Pennygate Foundation Christmas party in Spalding. Children enjoyed festive fun and games.

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