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Barry’s wheelie good birthday

Donations came from as far as France a 72-year-old celebrated his birthday by biking for more than eight hours and raising more than £1,100 for charity. Due to his age, Barry Drew is having to self-isolate and he was getting frustrated at seeing his Spalding Cycling Club colleagues out volunteering to help the community. So he decided to complete ten ...

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Bakers’ wonderful gesture

A group of keen bakers from a Spalding supported living scheme surprised their older neighbours with a delivery of homemade cakes. The ladies, who all have learning disabilities, wanted to reach out to local residents that might be feeling lonely Isabelle, Rebecca and Deana, along with support worker Cheryl Ellis, produced the baked goods in the home they share on ...

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Twins inspired by Colonel Tom Moore raise £1,000 for NHS

Nine-year-old twins from Weston Hills have raised nearly £1,000 by taking on 25 kilometres worth of challenges. Harry and Bertie Badcock wanted to take on a challenge after being inspired by Colonel Tom Moore who has raised more than £30m for the NHS. So on Tuesday they did five kilometres each on the treadmill, on the exercise bike, dribbling a ...

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Dinners donated to new food bank

Gosberton Food Bank is the latest to receive a donation from our Donate A Dinner appeal. Coun Harry Drury dropped off 30 freshly prepared meals, courtesy of A Country Kitchen and donated as part of our campaign. The Spalding and South Holland Voice has teamed up with Coun Drury to launch Donate A Dinner – an appeal which aims to ...

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Boredom box bid by group

Creating boredom packs to help vulnerable adults and handing out more fruit and veg are among the reasons a group helping others in Spalding and Pinchbeck are asking for donations. Since the current coronavirus outbreak, the Spalding and Pinchbeck COVID Kindness team has been producing packs to help others including delivering fresh food and things to keep children entertained. It ...

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Store bags help for community

Staff from Morrisons’ store in Pinchbeck have been praised for their work in the community. The store’s Community Champion, Gail Ridley, has been joined in the community work the store does by Sam Bailey who previously worked in the currently closed restaurant. The pair have been helping numerous groups with donations, including some by Tulips Events organiser Jan Whitbourn. She ...

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Legoland in lockdown fun

Coronavirus didn’t stop brothers Noah (7) and Elliot Ford (4) celebrating their birthdays thanks to mum Melissa organising Legoland in Lockdown – complete with a Lego-themed afternoon tea. The boys were looking forward to a weekend at Legoland as a joint birthday treat but it had to be cancelled due to the current pandemic. Melissa was determined not to let ...

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Barry’s biking birthday bid

A Spalding Cycling Club stalwart is to mark his 72nd birthday today (Thursday) by taking on a more than eight hour charity bike ride without leaving his own home. Active Barry Drew is classed as vulnerable so can’t volunteer to help with deliveries as many of his clubmates have done. So instead he’s going to mark his birthday today by ...

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Holbeach firm among key workers showing appreciation for Pilgrim Hospital staff

A Holbeach firm were among 55 vehicles of other key workers who drove around Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital last night (Thursday) to thank the NHS. Holbeach Tyres were among those that drove around the hospital at 8pm last night as part of the weekly clap for the NHS acknowledgement. At the same time, around the hospital itself, a number of emergency ...

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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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