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South Holland Rotary Club hosts cheque presentation evening in Spalding thanking charities who helped organise Santa Christmas Sleigh Collection





Charitable groups were thanked for their support of a popular community event with a donation.

The Rotary Club of South Holland presented cheques worth £300 to 14 charities and good causes during a presentation evening at the Woodlands Hotel in Spalding.

Members from these groups had all helped with the Santa Christmas Sleigh Collection which visited streets around the area in December.

President Carole Lewry presents a cheque to Annie Wakefield, LIVES. PHOTO: SUBMITTED
President Carole Lewry presents a cheque to Annie Wakefield, LIVES. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

Carole Lewry, rotary club president said she was delighted to see so many people and be able to celebrate working together.

Each group described how they would spend the money to benefit their organisation in the future.

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She added: “Since we first began the sleigh collection in 1986 there has been so much development in Spalding that we just cannot do it alone anymore.

President Carole Lewry presents a cheque to Louise Compton, Juvenile Diabetes. PHOTO: SUBMITTED
President Carole Lewry presents a cheque to Louise Compton, Juvenile Diabetes. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

“The club is very grateful for the help we receive from other groups, and we are very pleased to help them continue their work in the area to the benefit of the wider community.”

Since the club’s first collection in 1986 it has collected more than a quarter of a million pounds to support good causes, people in need, national and international schemes.

Presentations at the event on Tuesday, February 6 were made to Andrew Inkley – Spalding PHAB , Amanda Baggott – 1st Cowbit Brownies, Lorraine Derrick – 1st Spalding Guides, Ben and Bart – Spalding Rugby Football Club, Sophia Tibbs and Michael – Spalding and District Young Farmers Club, Mark Nightingale – Spalding and District Gym Club, Chris Crane – Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Sarah Chalcraft- Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland , Wendy Chew and David Gardner – Hope and Homes for Children, Emma Bennett – Broad Street Methodist Church, Claire Barker – Spalding Hockey Club, Annie Wakefield – LIVES, Nick Kendrick and Louise Compton – Juvenile Diabetes (JDRE) and Emma Owen – St John the Baptist Primary School PTA.

President Carole Lewry presents a cheque to Chris Crane, Duke of Edinburgh Awards. PHOTO: SUBMITTED
President Carole Lewry presents a cheque to Chris Crane, Duke of Edinburgh Awards. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

Cheques were also issued to Wygate Park Academy PTA and Spalding Cycling Club whose members were unable to attend the presentation.

The club also thanked Santa, the drivers and navigators, Jason and Nikki Martin from J and M Autos and Richard and Stephanie Priestley from Bridge Farm Group Nursery, all of whom had helped with last year’s sleigh campaign.

Anyone interested in finding out more about South Holland Rotary and becoming a member or a friend of the club can visit Facebook or contact secretary Ian Smee on 01775 714722.

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