Fundraising

Charity bags shop donation

Customers at a Holbeach shop have helped provide a sizeable donation to a town charity. The Original Factory Shop has been able to donate £519.33 to the Holbeach Community Larder thanks to sales. It was presented to the charity’s Jane Francis recently. Julia Bowhill from The Original Factory Shop, said: “We are proud to help our local community. “Thanks to ...

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Lots of S-miles for colleague

Workers at the local branches of an opticians have set themselves a charity challenge to remember a former colleague. Those from Specsavers in Spalding will walk/cycle the equivalent of 780 miles from their store to the Eiffel Tower and back in memory of their colleague, optician Shyam Lakhani, who passed away suddenly last year. The ‘S-miles for Shyam’ will see ...

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Giving back to air ambulance

A woman who has been airlifted to hospital twice has taken on a charity abseil for the air ambulance. Hayley Rylott (27) was aged just four when she was thrown through the windscreen of a car after the driver fell asleep at the wheel as they drove along the A52 near Donington in 1998. When emergency services arrived on scene, ...

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GALLERY – A Night in Wonderland raises thousands

A charity ball has raised around £7,000 to allow parents to stay in hospital with their children. Organised by Hayley Warner, who is the ward sister at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, the A Night in Wonderland ball was a huge success. The event, which took place at Springfields, Spalding, raised money for the young person’s assessment unit at the hospital. The ...

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Running in honour of Harry and Lily

A woman whose brother died aged 16 and whose 14-year-old sister has a brain tumour is putting on her running shoes to raise money to research the genetic condition that’s thought to have affected them. Harry Sandell suddenly died last October while sister Lily Sandell has an inoperable brain tumour medics have said is due to Neurofibromatosis, also known as ...

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Six Peaks trek to help three charities

A South Holland businessman hit the heights of fundraising when he, his brother and a group of friends climbed six peaks in a day. Rob Bridgewater, of Spalding-based Infinity Properties Group, and his group headed to Scotland to start their challenge last weekend. The group of six, including Rob’s brother Pete, started at 5am on Friday and managed all three ...

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Town group raises £20,000

A charity shop in Crowland has donated £20,000 to good causes. The Crowland Cancer Fund was able to hand out donations raised from sales in its East Street shop over the past couple of COVID-19 affected years. At its annual presentation evening £4,000 each was donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospic, St Barnabas Hospice, Macmillan ...

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Harold gets all tanked-up

A 65 ton Chieftain Tank has been loaned to veterans fundraiser Harold Payne to help raise money for a memorial garden. Harold, a long-time supporter of armed service veterans, , is building the memorial at the Fleet and A17 junction and has commissioned unique gates and planted 1,000 roses as part of the project. Now the Muckleburgh Collection in Norfolk ...

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Kirsty’s Everest effort for Dad

A Spalding-based accountant was feeling on top of the world after making the climb to Everest base camp in memory of her dad. Kirsty Holmes has raised more than £1,600 for Cruse Bereavement Care through the 5,364m high climb up the world’s tallest mountain. The paraplanner at MT Financial Management faced six to nine-hour walks each day in temperatures that ...

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Journalist’s only 10k ever!

A Spalding Voice journalist is taking part in her first – and last – 10k run at the weekend. Donna Semmens (54) has been training for the GEAR 10k which is held in King’s Lynn on Sunday. “I thought it was a good idea, but this is only going to happen the once. I’m not doing it again,” she said. ...

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1,000 miles in 100 days for charity

A Spalding man is walking 1,000 miles in 100 days to raise money for charity in his second fundraising event in six months. Nigel Wickenden, of Smithdale Close, starts his sponsored walk in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund – The Soldiers’ Charity today (Thursday). Back in October he took part in The Frontline Walk – a 100km trek to ...

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Helen shapes up for charity

A fitness instructor is to hold a two-hour charity exercise session helping animals in Ukraine. Helen Lea, who lives in Whaplode Drove, is looking to raise money for Animals of Ukraine at the event at the WI Hall on Park Road in Holbeach from 2pm on Saturday, May 14. She says she’s already raised over £11,000 for a number of ...

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School’s donation for refugees

Staff and pupils at The Priory School have been able to collect six boxes of goods to donate to Ukrainian refugees. The school presented what it was able to round up to Ella’s Project on behalf of the St Norbert’s Ukrainian Appeal, which helped deliver a host of goods to the Red Cross through the Boxes of Hope appeal set ...

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Dipping in for Ukraine

Several Spalding residents have helped organise and take part in a special open swimming session to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees. Around £600 was raised for the Red Cross and Mission Poland’s Ukraine appeal as well as goods collected thanks to the efforts at Anton’s Gowt. Aga Smith, of Spalding, was among those who helped organise the event alongside Abi ...

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GALLERY – Comic Relief fun

Red noses, red clothes and general hilarity was very much the order of the day when South Holland schools took part in this year’s Comic Relief events. Pupils at Wygate and Gosberton academies were completely in the red with fancy dress and colour coordination all round. The fancy dress theme was continued at Ayscoughfee School in Spalding which was also ...

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Staff and students join forces for the Lily Foundation

Staff at a Spalding school will be jumping from planes and running marathons to raise money for a charity that is helping a pupil and her family. The new head teacher at St John The Baptist Primary School, Clare Robinson, will be skydiving in May as part of the campaign to help the Lily Foundation.The charity has been providing help ...

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School says thanks to LIVES

Last year LIVES visited Wygate Park Academy in Spalding providing invaluable lifesaving skills to all children and staff.As a thank you for their hard work and dedication the school held an emergency services non-uniform day on February 11 where children came to school dressed as nurses, doctors, police officers, army medics, firefighters etc and raised £416.50.

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Rotary helps local organisations

South Holland Rotary has given out thousands of pounds to local good causes thanks to donations collected while moving Santa around the town in the run up to Christmas.The Woodlands Hotel was the venue where last week club president George Clement spoke to each group about how they would spend the money.Those receiving grants were Peter and Cath Kite, of ...

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GALLERY – Pupils raise hundreds for LIVES

Wygate Park Academy pupils have been helping LIVES as part of Emergency Services Day last week. The event involved learners paying a small donation to come to school dressed in emergency services uniform and was to raise money for the Lincolnshire First Responders charity. A school spokesman said: “LIVES had been in the school a few weeks ago to give ...

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Rescue puppy’s love at first sight

A Spalding family helped raise the profile of a rare medical condition by appearing on a TV show and adopting a rescue puppy. Kiya Clarke (11) has mitochondrial disease and visited the Wood Green animal shelter with her family to choose a new furry companion. The meeting was filmed as part of Channel 4’s The Dog House show and the ...

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