Fundraising

Lions thank all sleigh helpers

Spalding Lions have presented cheques to organisations and groups who ho-ho-helped out with the Santa’s Sleigh Days and Nights. At an event last week, the Lions presented helpers with cheques. Spalding Lion Elaine Mothers said: “Without the support of all these organisations it would be a very difficult job to get round all the villages with Santa and for this ...

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Royal to unveil Spalding’s new war memorial

The Duke of Kent is set to unveil the new Spalding World Two War Memorial in a ceremony next month. The Queen’s cousin will be at Ayscoughfee Hall on March 13 as the new memorial to those that lost their lives in the conflict is unveiled. Around £60,000 is being raised by the Spalding World War Two Memorial group set ...

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Donations lead to new scanner

A brand new scanner that it’s hoped will improve waiting times at Johnson Hospital is up and running thanks to charity funds. The £26,000 ultrasound scanner has been purchased by the hospital’s League of Friends partly with donations from the thousands raised by the Johnson Hospital Ball. The Venous Ablation machine can look at veins and arteries and as it’s ...

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Thanks all round at Pilgrimage Fund awards night

Fantastic donations were the highlights as the Anglia Motel Pilgrimage Fund held its annual awards evening on Saturday, February 2 to say thank-you to those who have helped out. For the past few decades the group has funded veterans to travel to Normandy to pay respects to the fallen, particularly around D-Day. Organiser and hotel owner Harold Payne put on ...

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Desert trek will help air crews

A Spalding police officer who was rescued by an air ambulance is walking more than 60 miles across a desert to raise money for the charity. Sarah Draper was airlifted to hospital when she fell off her bike on a cycling holiday in Derbyshire in 2011. It was feared she had serious injuries as her bike helmet had split in ...

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Big boost for Spalding street pastors

South Holland District Council has donated £6,000 to the Spalding Street Pastors. Street Pastor coordinator Marion Sandhu expressed her gratitude and said the funding will help secure the service for the foreseeable future. Spalding Street Pastors patrol the town centre every Friday and Saturday night, and have done so since July 2013. Volunteers from local churches, the street pastors are ...

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Time for a new clock at Pinchbeck St Mary’s

A Pinchbeck landmark could be set for a timely update if a fundraising appeal is successful. After years of not working St Mary’s Church in the village is hoping to get its clock back ticking. The £1,000 works will also bring back the familiar sound of the bell chiming every hour. The historic Grade I listed building dates back to ...

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Eight-year-old Oliver’s kind-hearted donation

A kind-hearted schoolboy spent some of his holiday raising money for other children. Oliver Stanley (8) bought toys for the children’s ward at the Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, for the third year running. He raised a total of £150 with a raffle and a donation from Moulton Harrox Sports and Social Club which gave £50. The tractor-mad youngster started his fundraising ...

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Charity helps dogs bred illegally

It’s been an incredibly busy Christmas for a local charity who helped out with the rescue of 30 dogs many of whom were being bred illegally. Central German Shepherd Rescue (CGSR) was already full to capacity last week when they were asked to help home some of the dogs that had been illegally bred and possibly used for dog fighting. ...

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Charity’s carers support award

Spalding-based health and wellbeing charity Tonic Health has been formally recognised for its support for unpaid carers. The Award ensures that organisations place high value on the identification, views and needs of carers and is awarded to those organisations who demonstrate that they meet the criteria for ensuring a high quality standard of service for carers. The award is run ...

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Town’s legion hits grand total

The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal is thousands of pounds better off thanks to the generosity of the people of Holbeach. Treasurer of the British Legion’s branch in the town, Alan Sheppard, told a meeting last week that at least £15,435 had been raised during 2018. This represented the sum donated in collection boxes at shops and other locations around ...

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Tydd St Giles golfers to the fore for charities

Tydd St Giles Golf Club has been clubbing together for charities. The club’s members of staff and leisure centre donated a host of toys to The Salvation Army’s toy appeal. And the club’s senior section, for those over 60, donated at least £3,613 to the Make Them Smile charity while raising money over the season. This was backed up by ...

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Mia is the face of charity’s Christmas

Spalding toddler Mia Clucas has helped national disability charity Sense raise more than £80,000 after being chosen as the face of its 2018 Christmas appeal. Two-year-old Mia was born with two extremely rare genetic conditions – Coffin-Siris Syndrome and PCDH12 – which left her with a malformed brain and have rendered her severely disabled. Her conditions cause epilepsy and severe ...

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Schoolboy’s ride to help homeless

A seven-year-old South Holland boy was so moved by the plight of the homeless that he decided to help raise money. Seth Terrington saw a TV advert for the Salvation Army’s appeal to pay for a room to help a homeless person. He asked his parents, Ollie and Helen, to rewind the ad so he could watch it again and ...

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Best ever year for Give a Gift drive

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 got donated toys to less fortunate for the last seven years.     Harry said: “Even after seven years of doing this, ...

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Singing group is boxing clever

A local choir has donated money to help an organisation that provides sanitary products to schools. A Handful of Harmonies has given £100 to The Red Box Project. It provides schools with the boxes if a young woman needs a sanitary product urgently. A spokesman for The Red Box Project, said: “The ladies at A Handful of Harmonies in Spalding ...

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Spalding cadets’ race night raises money

Spalding Air Cadets have raised well over a thousand pounds through its Race Night. Cadet Warrant Officer CWO Jordan Bertaloso (19) put on the event recently which raised a fantastic, £1,399 and proved to be one of the most successful events the 1406 (Spalding) Squadron has held. The money will be split between The Royal Air Forces Association charity and ...

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Last chance to Give a Gift this Christmas

It’s your last chance to help make a child’s Christmas by donating to the Give a Gift appeal. We’ve had a fantastic response so far but every gift will unwrap a whole world of delight for a young person aged between three and 14 on Christmas Day who might otherwise receive nothing. The generous people at Westlode Fisheries in Spalding ...

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Public Hall gets Masonic donation

A village’s public hall is a few hundred pounds closer to its goal of a new boiler thanks to a donation by a Freemasons lodge. Fenland Masonic Lodge of Long Sutton has donated £750 to Gosberton Public Hall. Rona Perry, treasurer and trustee of the Public Hall, said: “We are over the moon to get this unexpected and most welcome ...

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Community hub build’s great start

Progress on a community hub is well underway thanks to the region’s charitiable tradesmen who have worked for free to start. Health and Wellbeing charity Tonic Health put out an appeal for help to convert a disused former art studio into a community hub and café in Surfleet and the past two weekends the call was answered. For the charity’s ...

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