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Feline happy thanks to your donations

A charity that helps rescue and look after cats has thanked the community for their generous donations. The Spalding and District Cats Protection League appealed for donations after a particularly busy Christmas for its 20 years. And organiser Sandra Gelsthorpe says they’ve had fantastic donations of cat food, toys and items for their fund-raising jumble sales from a host of ...

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Jake donates his trip money

A hospice close to the heart of a Spalding Grammar School student has benefited from his fundraising of £1,000. Jake Barnes was part of a planned school expedition to Peru later this year but the trip was cancelled due to a lack of participants. Jake (16), who had already raised £1,000 towards the trip through various means including bingo sessions ...

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Jim’s buzzing after beehive gesture in memory of wife

When a widower needed to repair a special beehive that was important to his wife of 46 years, he knew exactly where to turn. Jim Stalley has been a member of the Long Sutton Men’s Shed group, which aims to alleviate loneliness, following the death of his partner Hilary three years ago following a short battle with melanoma. One of ...

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Race night raises thousands

A hospice was the big winner as a race night raised over £3,000 for it last weekend. Don and June Wright put on the special night at Spalding Golf Club for the Sue Ryder-ran Thorpe Hall hospice. The all-ticket event hosted by Tom Mehew of Premier Race Night proved a huge success with an excellent crowd enjoying nine races. Together ...

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Rehomers are chosen cause

A dog charity has been given money as one of the year’s first recipients of a Holbeach charity shop’s takings. Chosen Charity, which operates two shops in Holbeach, presented a representative from Jerry Green Dog Rescue with a cheque for £1,000. A Chosen spokesman said: “We handed a cheque to Liz Hinckley from Jerry Green Dog rescue. £1,000.00 to help ...

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WWII firefighter’s role call

The daughter of an auxiliary firefighter has found a photograph of him and his crew – and would like the help of South Holland residents to name the other members. Margaret Harrison’s father, Stanley Robert Mowson, was an auxiliary fireman during the Second World War. Margaret said: “When he died we found this photograph of him and his colleagues.” She ...

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Rural parenting drop-in

A new, free parenting drop-in takes place on Thursday, January 30, at Holbeach St Marks Village Hall. Organised by Better Births Lincolnshire, the drop-in runs from 10.30am-12.30pm and will offer all sorts of advice and social opportunities. Sarah-Jane Richens, Perinatal Peer Support Project Manager – Lincolnshire, said: “We know that new mums can sometimes feel isolated and lonely after having ...

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Celebrating 40 years at hospital

A woman who has worked at Holbeach Hospital for 40 years has been thanked for her service to the community. Diana Bailey worked at the community-owned hospital even before it was taken over by the Holbeach and East Elloe Trust in 1989. Since that time she’s been a secretary for the Trust and has continued to service the hospital and ...

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Cafe is just the tonic for area

A charity run community cafe has officially opened its doors. Tonic 44 on Station Road is adjacent to the village hall and Glen Park and will also double as Spalding Hockey Club’s clubhouse. It’s been created by the Tonic Health well-being charity in a former art gallery. Funding for the cafe has been received from Sport England, local donations as ...

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A heart-warming gesture

Spalding Academy have made a heart-warming gesture to help young people who may be the same age as themselves. Following a collection at the school they’ve donated two bags full of clothes for the Coats for Kids initiative. The charity has been set up to help provide coats to young people who might otherwise not be able to afford one ...

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Amir adds punch to show

Former world champion boxer Amir Khan has been announced as the special guest as Spalding’s annual boxing show returns with a bang. The Spalding and District Round Table Premier Boxing Event is back on February 15 for the 26th year having raised over £250,000 for local charities. There’s a three-course meal and eight amateur boxing fights via the England Police ...

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Pupils brighten building site

Artwork produced at Spalding Grammar School is making a building site in the town look more attractive, thanks to a former student’s business. Burmor Projects is building 20 social housing units in Willow Walk and managing director Luke Boekestijn came up with the idea to brighten up the site’s hoardings. The firm, which is based at Market Deeping, is registered ...

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Cat charity’s food and toy request

A charity that helps rescue and look after cats is appealing for donations of food and toys for 2020. The Spalding and District Cat Protection League has been running for 30 years and it’s just had a busy festive period. The group has around 20 volunteers who not only fundraise for their numerous activities, but also rake care of cats ...

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Can you bulk out charity’s gym?

Unused equipment is being sought by a charity looking to create a gym for recently re-homed people to use in Spalding. Framework UK works to re-home those with nowhere to stay in the town. They have 29 beds in South Holland, 15 in Holbeach and 14 in Spalding where those previously homeless stay for between nine and 12 months. The ...

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Voice readers make Christmas very merry

The generosity of the public will make Christmas a much nicer time for those in need as the Give a Gift campaign celebrates its most successful year to date. Spearheaded by Coun Harry Drury, Give a Gift has passed on donated toys to less fortunate children for the last eight years. Harry said: “Even after eight years of doing this, ...

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Agents in Long Sutton pack Santa’s suitcase

Children in Lincolnshire will receive a special Christmas present next week thanks to a Long Sutton travel agent and their Santa’s Suitcase initiative. The town’s branch of Lincolnshire Co-op travel have been collecting toys to be handed out by Lincolnshire County Council’s children services to those that might otherwise not receive a present this Christmas. Branch manager Jane Peacock, said: ...

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Can you help recycle Christmas trees for charity?

A hospice charity that is offering a fundraising Christmas tree recycling service has appealed for drivers or wood chippers in South Holland who might be able to help pick up trees in the new year. The St Barnabas Hospice Tree-cycle has launched once again, which will see staff and supporters of the Hospice driving across Lincolnshire to collect and recycle ...

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Sam’s amazing smooth effort

A man who pledged to shave his beard and head for charity has been left smoother and colder, while making a Spalding women’s charity an amazing £714 better off. Sam Fowler met the clippers at his workplace of Ladbrokes in Spalding on Tueday morning (December 10). “Because we raised so much money it made me look forward to it more ...

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Protect children around schools

Two parents are calling for better road safety measures around Spalding schools and are urging motorists to have more patience. Carl Rout, whose 12-year-old daughter attends Spalding High School, is campaigning to local councillors asking for pedestrian crossings in the vicinity, including ones safely close to the Halmer Gate/Stone Gate junction. And just down the road Mark Le Sage has ...

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Coffee morning for Eric

A coffee morning and craft fair in honour of the late Eric Loveridge organised by his family has raised more than £1,000 for charity. A coffee morning raised £932, which was added to daughter Elaine Ladds’ craft fair total for the year, allowing the family to present a cheque to Prostate Cancer UK for £1,275. The presentation took place at ...

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