Fundraising

Fundraiser set up for one-year-old after dad’s murder

A fundraiser has been set up for a one-year-old whose dad was murdered last week. Christopher Higgs (21), of Spalding, has been named as the victim of the incident which occurred at Portland Street in Boston on Wednesday, July 14. Charlie Stevenson (20), of Portland Street, Boston, appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court last Friday charged with his murder. The Go ...

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Derby date between rivals Holbeach and Bourne will raise vital funds

A charity match between two friendly rivals is aiming to raise money for the Sue Ryder Hospice in Peterborough. The under-18 teams from Holbeach United and Bourne Town will clash one last time at Carter’s Park on Thursday, June 29 (7.45pm), with all monies raised going to the palliative, neurological and bereavement support charity. Entrance on the night is £3 ...

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Caring Alexis is a cut above

While we normally gain stuff on our birthday, one Spalding youngster has lost 19 inches of hair to mark turning 11. Alexis Dakteris, a pupil at Spalding Academy, has also raised £300 for the Little Princess Charity which will use her brown locks to turn into a wig for a child who has lost their own hair due to medical ...

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Kieran’s defib bid for Applegreen

A man who suffered a heart attack at work is fuelling the drive to get a defibrillator at every branch of the nationwide chain where he works. Kieran Vertannes (64) fell unwell on his first shift back at Applegreen Service Station after taking a holiday to see his first grandchild in 2019. He spent three weeks in hospital but has ...

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Steph to donate her own hair to support niece who has lost hers during chemo

A Holbeach woman is set to donate her hair to thank a charity who gave her eight-year-old niece who is going through chemotherapy a wig. Steph Greenhalgh has been moved to help out after seeing the care received to Lexie after an unknown virus caused her to have anaemia and bone marrow failure. Lexie spent months in hospital enduring chemotherapy ...

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Teachers take on a marathon test

Two Spalding teachers are running the London Marathon for their next test and their pupils are joining in with their training. Frances Crampton and Haidee Paul of St John’s Primary School will take on the 26.2 miles in October. But they’ve already started their training and everyone at the school is set to get involved as part of its sports ...

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Hundred heroes help raise funds

What have Second World War pilot Douglas Bader and chart topping American singer Lizzo got in common? At first glance, not a lot, but for one Spalding schoolgirl they are part of her mammoth fundraising challenge.Eleanor Perkins (9) has chosen to highlight 100 heroes in honour of Capt Sir Tom Moore who raised millions of pounds for the NHS.The pupil ...

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Six hours of sport to help project

Two women spent six hours in a mini triathalon in Spalding this week to raise money for a Spalding church community project. Aga Smith and Kinga Rupniewska cycled 13km, ran 2km in wet suits in blazing sunshine and then swam 3km in the River Welland to help raise awareness and funds for the St Thomas Project on Monday.The town’s St ...

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Sporting crazy socks and hair

The Pupil School Council at Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Hall School recently raised £150 for charity. Headteacher Clare Odgen said: “With their usual care and compassion, the children have overwhelmingly chosen to support the RSPCA on this occasion, as they feel more animals than usual have been neglected due to the COVID situation and the RSPCA will have been unable to fundraise ...

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Pupils walk 800km for funds

Pupils at Gosberton Academy went more than the extra mile to raise money for the school. All the children walked more than 5km on a route around the village to add up to 800km. They teamed-up with Gosberton House Care Home and during their lap of the village, children delivered flowers, letters and poems to residents. “It’s been a tough ...

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Harold’s help for veteran

A fundraiser has donated over £3,000 to the family of a veteran who passed away recently. Harold Payne’s DUKW armoured vehicle carried George Wing of Bourne’s coffin to his funeral at South Lincolnshire Cemetery. And Harold has been busy raising funds to pay for the service. He presented a total of £3,287 to George’s widow Lynne Wing. “She was over ...

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Charity bid hits the right notes

An opera singer has raised over a thousand pounds by singing more than 100 songs from his Pinchbeck home. Jeff Woods, aka Pavanotti, had the idea to raise the money for Dementia UK and for the appeal recently been set up to raise funds for the village’s parks. He particularly wanted to do something in memory of wife Jacqui’s mum ...

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Nichola’s fantastic 100 for mum

A laundry keeper has completed her goal to run for over 100 miles in the month of May for Breast Cancer Now. Nichola Baxter was inspired to take on the challenge due to her mum Diane Turner’s battle with the condition and having seen residents at the Cedar Falls care home she works at with the disease. She finished her ...

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It’s in the jeans for care home

Residents and staff at Beech Lodge Care and Nursing Home in Holbeach have swapped their uniforms and regular clothing for a day of denim wearing in support of Alzheimer’s Society. As part of Denim for Dementia day on Friday May 21, everyone was encouraged to wear denim in exchange for a donation to Alzheimer’s Society. Denim for Dementia day takes ...

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Darts ref set to hit new heights

A 63-year-old butcher from Spalding is aiming to conquer his fear of heights and be the first ever darts referee to call a score while jumping out of a plane. Ian Tilley plans to shout ‘180’ when flinging himself from around 12,000 feet to raise money for the fight against Prostate Cancer. The jump has twice had to be cancelled ...

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Village rallies round in bid to improve vandalised parks

The community in Pinchbeck is rallying round in a bid to improve the town’s parks which have been the subject of vandalism. Last week the parish council put out a Facebook post saying that it secured funding for both Rotten Row and Leaveslake Drove Playing Fields as well and adding that it wanted to buy new equipment for Glebe Field. ...

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Generous Ena (6) donates first ever hair cut to charity

A kind-hearted schoolgirl had her long locks cut to help another child enjoy princess hair. Ena Betts (6) had never had her hair cut before but she decided that she would share it with others. She donated it to the Little Princess Trust and raised £1,200 as well. “She loves her hair cut and I think she will get a ...

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Marathon charity ride for Stephen

The loss of a best friend has prompted a South Holland cyclist to embark on a marathon ride to raise money. Chris Peel is aiming to complete 100 miles a day for seven consecutive days and has been training hard for the event. His best friend Stephen Fennelow (pictured left) died from lung cancer four years ago but Chris has ...

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Wellbeing Wombles on duty

While the Wombles of Spalding Common continues to grow in support and numbers, a special offshoot has been created to help people with mental health issues. The first Wellbeing Womble was held at the weekend and it’s hoped to make it a fortnightly event in the Spalding area. Organised by Vanessa Browning from Community Mind Matters and Mark Le Sage, ...

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A thousand thanks Sir Tom

The late Capt Sir Tom Moore would have approved of the fundraising efforts at Spalding Rugby Club.Inspired by the efforts of the 100-year-old, club treasurer Peter Jullien is set for a 100 challenge of his own.Mr Jullien is marking his 70th birthday and will be completing 100 laps of the ground every day for ten days to raise money and ...

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