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There were two joint winners of the April Open theme
The monthly Grimsby Telegraph and Comley Camera photo competition saw two winners announced for the open theme. Well done to both talented photographers!
Children learn how to swim wearing their pyjamas!
Children from Puddle Ducks Doncaster, Gainsborough, Grimsby and Selby have taken part in The Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA) Learn to Swim Week, which taught them about the importance of learning to swim while wearing their pyjamas.
The STA organises the annual water safety campaign with the aim to encourage people to learn to swim and increase water confidence and life skills. In support of this, innovative swim school Puddle Ducks hold a week long pyjama event, where their little swimmers attend lessons dressed in their pyjamas, which helps them to learn water safety and survival skills.
Nicola Codd, owner, said: “The STA is a leading UK charity dedicated to the teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques.
“Our swimming programmes ensure that children are taught vital safety and survival skills, which could save their lives should they ever find themselves in danger in the water. Especially during the warmer weather, as children are more likely to be in and around water.
“During our PJ Week all parents, children and even our teachers are encouraged to wear their pyjamas! We are so proud of all the children who have taken part in our Learn To Swim and Pyjama Week. They all came eager to learn and dressed head to toe in their pyjamas.”
Puddle Ducks provides award-winning swimming classes for children 0-10 year-olds. Lessons are taught by experts who have undergone extensive training, they focus on teaching independent swimming in a nurturing environment with individually tailored activities to suit all abilities.
Classes take place at pools across Gainsborough, Hatfield, Selby, Epworth, Doncaster, Grimsby, Bubwith and surrounding areas, with new Swim Academy classes just launched at Oak House Pool in Tickhill this month. For more information or to find out about Puddle Ducks call 07884 933789 or visit https://www.puddleducks.com/local-teams/doncaster-south-humberside.
Healing pupil’s work exhibited in London gallery
Eye-catching artwork from a Healing pupil has been shortlisted in a prestigious competition and saw her work go on display at a London gallery.
Ajoa Agyeman’s piece, titled ‘Strange Fruit’, was one of only 12 pieces out of 700 entries to be chosen by seven judges to be exhibited at Cass Art Space in Islington this month for the Love Art Young Artist Prize 2018.
Her work has been nominated in the 11 to 17 years’ category. The winner will receive a £500 Cass Art voucher, an annual National Art Pass, and an exhibition of the winning artwork at the Saatchi Gallery, London from Monday, June 11 – Thursday, July 19.
Ajoa, in Year 11 at Healing School, was ‘really happy, yet surprised’ on hearing her work had been selected. Ajoa created the piece within the 10 hours allocated for her mock GCSE exam.
“The work was inspired by French artist, Maia Flore, who creates images of people ‘floating away’ while tied to everyday objects,” she said.
“My sister lives in London, so I will meet her and go to the exhibition.”
Ajoa is still undecided about what she would like to do after finishing school but, having won previous awards for her writing skills, she feels her future lies in being creative in some way. Art teacher, Mrs Aimie Elliot, said the original brief was to create an artwork based on ‘past, present and future.’ Pupils were able to interpret this as they saw fit.
Mrs Elliot was pleased with the piece because Ajoa’s work was “original and created an interesting aesthetic and showed confidence in the use of colour”.
Cycle safety campaign reaps rewards at Healing School for pupils
Healing School are delighted about the success of their cycle safety campaign which encouraged all pupils who travel to the academy on their bike, to wear a helmet.
Cyclist and assistant principal Richard Burrows is spearheading the campaign and thanked parents for their support in promoting safety on the roads. Those consistently wearing them are now sharing a £400 prize pot.
“There is a negative image around wearing a helmet,” Mr Burrows said.
“We are really pleased parents have supported us and got behind this campaign.
“Today’s roads are busier than ever before. Drivers and cyclists can be easily distracted and it only takes a split second for things to go wrong.
“We have been pushing the importance of wearing a cycle helmet since the beginning of the academic year and we are delighted to report that the message seems to be getting through.”
Outdoor leisure suppliers, J.C. Cook, has supported the campaign by offering discounts on helmets for Healing pupils. A fundraising event at Tesco raised more than £400, which is being used to buy JC Cook vouchers.
These are being distributed to pupils who have consistently worn their helmets. The initial winners were first place William Pykett, who won £100 worth of vouchers; second William King – £75; and third Abigail Ballard £25.
Cranwell fun day raises plenty of smiles and money for dementia patients
Cranwell Court showcased the talent of local children at its third ever ‘Kidz Got Talent’ show at The Willows Social Club.
Senior activities co-ordinator Jacky Aisthorpe, said: “The event is to raise money for the residents at Cranwell Court, but it is also about giving something back to the community.
People of Zambia to improve their vision following donation of glasses by Grimsby area customers
A local opticians is celebrating a major boost for its charity campaign to help the people of Zambia to see clearly after collecting more than 200 donations of unwanted glasses from its customers.
Working with Vision Aid Overseas, staff and customers at the Specsavers store in Grimsby have shown their generosity by bringing a fantastic number of old glasses to the store for donation over the last month.
The project was hugely successful in 2017, and the team is hopeful that donations will continue to be received throughout the year.
Store director Michael Hinder said: “We would like to thank all of our customers who helped us on this project recently and please do keep bringing in your glasses. Every single one will make a difference.
“In a country where opticians’ services are readily available, such as the UK, it is easy to take our vision for granted. In the developing world, the provision of optical services has a real impact on peoples’ lives.
“So check your drawers and dig down the back of the sofa – your unwanted specs can go to good use.”
All the collected glasses are recycled and the money made is used to help provide eyecare in developing countries.
Ten year old braves the shave to raise £500
Young Cody-Leigh Gillies, aged 10, had his head shaved by the owner of Ladz Barbers Louise Allen on Durban Road, Grimsby. He has raised £500 for the charity Cancer Research UK. Some of his friends and family came down to encourage him on the day and be supportive.
Cody-Leigh attends St Mary’s School in Grimsby – no doubt his fellow pupils and teachers will be proud of his efforts!
Celebrations in Grasby to mark 30 Years of Grasby Twinning to St Rémy
Grasby twinners welcomed visitors from their twin village St Rémy de Sillé in France who came over to celebrate the 30th anniversary since the twinning was official formed in 1988.
On arrival they were served tea, coffee and biscuits followed by a meal with their host families. The festivities began with everyone meeting outside the village church for the school assembly after which the children showed the visitors around the school; this was followed by a trip to Mr and Mrs Harrison’s farm to see the alpacas, then on to Cleethorpes, where after a walk around the gardens and the beach, a lunch of fish and chips at Papa’s on the Pier.
An afternoon visit to the Gardens at the Old Mill Grasby where Mr and Mrs Boothman showed off their wonderful picturesque gardens followed by tea, coffee and cakes.
A day out in Yorkshire, was next on the agenda, with a visit to the National coal mining centre at Wakefield. A trip down the mines and a picnic lunch took place before a visit to the Yorkshire sculpture park and a walk around the grounds led by Harriet Gillman. Nostell Priory revealed a tour of the house and some beautiful Chippendale furniture.
The group were treated to the Nottingham County show, held at the Newark Showground; enjoyed by the French visitors as they don’t have anything as large as that in France.
Events were rounded off with a celebration dinner, held in Grasby village hall. After a lovely two course meal, by Jayesters Caterers, Harriet Gillman chair of the Grasby Twining presented André Leguy the president of the St. Rémy twinners with a wooden garden bench for the village and the individual families with a wooden photograph frame with a picture of both visitors and host in it.
André presented Harriet with a vintage photo of the main street in St Rémy which was renamed the rue de Grasby 30 years ago. All the English families were given a china butterfly to commemorate this occasion. The musical entertainer for the evening was Memphis Dave. Harriet and André cut the celebration cake, followed by a raffle and the evening was enjoyed by all the twinners and some villagers as well.
Everyone hopes to meet up again in St. Remy next year for another round of celebrations.
Local riders joined forces to promote the pass wide and slow campaign
As part of the national campaign Pass Wide and Slow to raise awareness of horses being passed safely on the public highway, 12 horses and riders, two cycle marshals and eight foot marshals took part in an organised ride near Louth.
The route saw riders proceed down Kenwick Hill, to Louth’s Stewton Lane before turning back onto the B1200 and returning to Kenwick LRAC.
Organiser Jane Impey explained: “There have been lots more reports of accidents involving horses and riders over the past years, myself and my horse Checker were clipped by a camper van coming too fast and too close on a narrow road, fortunately neither my horse or I were injured but it has affected our confidence being out on the roads.
“Local rider Meg Worrell-Hart and her horse were injured earlier this year and we as a group of riders want to join forces as part of the PWAS national campaign to help raise awareness to keep us all safe using our rural and country roads.”
Riders came together to help get the message out there, to pass riders on their horses slowly and give them plenty of room – scared horses make bad choices.
Signhills Academy turn detective and enjoy a ‘Royal’ visit too
Signhills Infant Academy, Cleethorpes have been very busy this month – spending time solving crime and greeting a rather ‘Royal’ visitor.
The children became scientists, detectives and experts in problem solving and worked together to find clues such as DNA, fingerprints and footprints. The children came to a unanimous guilty verdict and found out what happens when crimes are committed; finally deciding on community service for the criminal.
Whilst the children in Year One were very lucky to receive an impromptu visit from ‘The Queen’ during their afternoon tea party, which was being held as part of their new topic about London. They made cucumber sandwiches, which they had heard were her favourite kind, and wore their party clothes.
The children had also prepared lots of interesting questions to ask her which she was happy to answer as she spent some time in each of the classes. Taking time out of her busy schedule, ‘Her Majesty’ revealed that she is looking forward tremendously to the Royal wedding and asked the children’s advice on wedding hat!
The Ancient Mariners are off on their football travels again
The Grimsby Ancient Mariners Walking Football Club are off to Holland again to participate in the Amelio City Cup – an international tournament with teams from Holland, Germany, Belgium, Scotland and England.
Fresh from the Club’s success in qualifying for the EFL Cup Finals day at St George’s Park in July, they are looking to improve on their first European competition where they finished 19th out of 32. Last year, their first trek into Europe, they received a tremendous welcome not only from the local community but also from the various clubs from around Europe.
They enjoyed the occasion so much that this year they are taking two teams, that’s 16 players in total. At the event last year they carried on the Mexican theme from Town’s trip to Barnet accompanied with Harry Haddocks and various giveaways to promote our area in a spirit of sportsmanship and friendliness, and the Council through the Lord Mayor even donated a Borough Crest to present to the city mayor.
Spokesman Peter Cribb said: “It was difficult trying to explain why the connection between Mexican sombreros and blow up fish and a walking football team.
“The players were proud to wear a Grimsby kit and even had a selection of giveaways donated by the Football in the Community. Being the only one in 32 teams that had this approach which was well received by the local children especially the Haddocks.”
On May 30, the group, who play regularly on Mondays and Thursdays in conjunction with their friends at Lincs Inspire, (Bradley Development Centre), take off for the four day’s break.
They would dearly love to once again be able to promote the area and if there are any organisations that would like to donate any small items that promote Grimsby and Cleethorpes, they’d love to hear from you.
Contact Club Secretary on 07906514999 or via e-mail on [email protected].
Humber Cruising Association present £15,000 to Macmillan after fundraising year
The Humber Cruising Association (HCA) Boat Fishing Club who are based at the marina on Grimsby Fish Dock has a very active Boat Fishing Club whichhas grown to be one of the biggest boat angling clubs in Britain.
Every year they ask the members to pick a charity for which they will sunsequently raise money for and last year the fishing club’s treasurer Clive Glover nominated Macmillan nurses; having just had surgery, was a charity very close and important to him.
The year began with live crab racing, betting on the first crab to reach the outer circle, then a national Big Cod Match; where boats come from all over to launch from Cleethorpes beach and go out of the marina’s to catch a big cod for big prize money. This match is sponsored by Orsted a wind power Company that give a generous donation so that HCA can generate interest in this very popular match.
The fish that is weighed in (two Cod per angler), is donated to charity, allowing it to be sold on the Grimsby Market. A lot of of very generous members like John Pyle (in the cheque presentation photo) arranged a BBQ party inviting his business friends and raising an enormous amount of money.
Additional events such as charity auctions, fishing matches and parties where the charity buckets come out help boost the coffers!
Tony Hogg, president, said: “The HCA Boat Fishing Angling Club has raised over £50,000 over the past 10 years and recently handed a cheque to Macmillan for £14,585 – which was made up to £15,000 on the night by some very generous person in the room.
“Not a bad result for a Grimsby fishing club to achieve this amount of money in just one year, I would like thank everybody at the HCA and our sponsors for the amazing effort that has been put in, this year and every year since the club has been established.
“We also had a presentation from Rear into Gear guests coming to tell us about there appeal, this is a great cause and our chosen charity for 2018/19.
“Money raised from The HCA Boat fishing clubs events will go towards the HTF’s ‘Rear into Gear’ appeal. Its aim is to raise £200,000 to buy two sets of state-of-the-art keyhole surgery equipment which will be used for patients with bowel conditions, including cancer, at both Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals.
“Yet again I have to thank all the HCA members and sponsors for the generosity and support over the years, we are all amazed at how much we raised this year.”
A spring concert by the Grimsby Symphony Orchestra
Ian Maxwell kindly gives a review of the recent Grimsby Symphony Orchestra concert, which took place at the Central Hall in Grimsby.
Conducted by American born Susan Grant, the Grimsby Symphony Orchestra’s eagerly awaited spring concert began with a perfect opening, Glinka’s Valse-Fantaisie. The orchestra sustained a well-defined pulse throughout, with good dynamic variation under the baton of Susan. This was to be a pleasant and entertaining evening.
The orchestra was joined by acclaimed harpist Eleanor Turner for a tasty Morceau de Concert, composed by Saint-Saëns for harp and orchestra. The quality of her playing was breath-taking and entrancing from her very first notes. One sensed the orchestra raised their performance in response to Eleanor’s opening, to perform a wonderful romance between harp and orchestra.
A hidden and unexpected little gem at the end of the third section was a double-piano on the kettle drums played by Hugh de la Hoyde. The trumpets announced the final section – a grand ending to this miniature concerto.
The feast continued with two movements from Soñando en Español, by Deborah Henson-Conant., known as the “hip harpist”. Opening with a harp solo, Eleanor Turner providing a captivating, exotic and alluring opening to the Meceditas Waltz; this rolled neatly into the Baroque Flamenco. In this musical fiesta, the harp is used like a large guitar, featuring both plucking and strumming with very effective flamenco discords.
The harp was played with the passion of the Flamencos, achieving the classic flamenco guitar sound, deftly blending individual notes and chords with golpé (tapping on the body of the harp).
The second half started with Fauré’s Dolly Suite. This suite dedicated to Hélène Bardac, otherwise known as Dolly, began with the gentle Berceuse; the familiar tune was melodically picked out by Kay Ritchie on flute. This was followed by the cheeky Mi-a-o, which represented Dolly’s brother Raoul.
The Kitty-Waltz had the comfortable feeling of a Desert Island Disc classic, and again gave Kay Ritchie the opportunity to shine. The movement Tendresse contained a pleasant middle section featuring Judith Ternouth, oboe and Malcolm Goodman, French horn.
Le Pas Espagnol was a jolly romp on the plaza to close the suite. Overall, the Dolly Suite featured some lovely interactions between the flutes, oboes and clarinets against a subtle backdrop provided by the horns.
As it began, so the concert ended with a piece by another Russian composer – Prokofiev: his Symphony Number 1 “The Classical” in four movements. The Allegro was a jaunty carriage ride through the park; David Boorer provided rhythmic arpeggios on the bassoon for the strings to play against.
This was typical of one of the less immediately obvious achievements of Susan Grant’s conducting, and of the orchestra’s ability. That is the ability of the main body of the orchestra to play mezzo-piano allowing individual instruments that might otherwise be masked, to stand out – really quite impressive! The Larghetto featured some delicate string work led by Martin Priestley, the leader of the orchestra.
It also allowed Andrew Marshall on double bass to show himself to be a man-of-pluck. Moving on from the steady Gavotte that followed, came the exciting Finale – with the string section rising to the challenge of the music. Punctuated by brilliantly executed sforzandi, the last movement strongly featured the flutes, oboes and clarinets. You know it was good when you leave whistling the tune!
The audience greatly enjoyed the concert as was evident from the positive comments overheard as we left the Central hall.
Your chance to join in and be a volunteer as part of celebration picnic in Louth
Spout Yard Park in the heart of Louth is hosting a picnic to thank their current volunteers, welcome new ones and offering plenty of ways to be part of this community-run beauty-spot.
A public garden, picnic place and play area; Spout Yard Park is run by volunteers and funded through the money they raise. With annual running costs in the thousands of pounds, the park cannot open without support and commitment from the people of Louth. On Saturday, June 2 current volunteers will be preparing a picnic lunch and inviting people who have helped the park in some way over the past couple of years.
The current volunteers are hoping that members of the public will come down and say their thanks to the volunteers, find out a little bit more about the park and volunteering opportunities, and purchase food from the kiosk.There is an opportunity for everyone to get involved from simple things like taking their litter home or by pulling a few weeds up whilst they watch their children play; to something bigger like helping in the kiosk or being part of the committee who make decisions or organising events.
Another way to support the park is to become a member; if you can’t give your time, the Park runs a membership scheme whereby giving a monthly donation entitles you to become a member with invitations to events and previews of exhibitions held in the on-site Gallery and voting on the issues that impact the park. The park would also welcome donations of food and bakes for the kiosk or materials and plants for the gardens.
The Chairperson role is presently vacant and there are many other volunteering opportunities if you are interested in joining the team or know someone who might be, please see the contact details below.
Gemma Jackson, a current volunteer trustee said: “I became involved with the Park when it closed down for a period in 2015. I had bought my children here for several years and, to be honest, taken the space for granted.
“I didn’t realise there were a team of people giving their time freely to keep the place open and usable, I just assumed it was run by the council. When it closed it was a shock to quite a few of the locals and we got together to get it open and running again.
“However, our team of volunteers is relatively small compared to the number of people who use the park and we would really appreciate more help.”
Local resident, park user and regular volunteer, Sarah Lingard commented: “Living close to the park, I use it like it’s my own garden. It’s such a beautiful place and I am pleased to be able to give some of my time to help keep it open.
“When the weather is nice I often open up the kiosk from which we sell hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice-creams and I regularly organise table top sales here.
“Me and my daughter love being part of the team; it is an invaluable experience for her as well as being able to learn new skills she can use in later life.”
For information on the Chairperson vacancy please go to: http://www.spoutyardpark.org.uk/current_roles.php
The event is on Saturday, June 2 from 12:30 – 4pm (food served 12:30-2pm) at Spout Yard Park Louth, located along the bank of the River Lud at the bottom of Broadbank.
Funding boosts to Friendship at Home and the Shalom Youth Project
Two generous cheque presentations have been made by the Wolds’ Dining Club to Friendship at Home and the Shalom Youth Project.
Each year the club makes donations to local charities and worthy causes and on these occasions donated £600 to each charity. The picture shows some of the local community who Friendship support and Brian Ruffell-Ward making the presentation to Julie Rigby, development manager at Friendship and John Ellis of Shalom at the Annie Chapel Community Centre, where Friendship meets.
The Wolds’ Dining Club comprises 20 local business men and meets fortnightly at the Ship Inn at Barnoldby-le-Beck.
GLC Dance School brought a colourful show to Grimsby’s Central Hall
From the Greatest showman to Grease, to Shrek to Mary Poppins, GLC Dance school brought the world of movies and musicals to a packed audience at Grimsby Central Hall.
Dancers ranging in age from 4-19 wowed the audience with their amazing routine from all popular and musicals and movies including; Greatest showman, James Bond, Dream girls, Charlie and the chocolate factory and Hairspray. The children have been practicing at their classes in Cleethorpes, Holton-Le-Clay and East Ravendale and their hard work was appreciated with resounding applause.
The team at Grimsby Central Hall said they’ve had many shows at the venue and this one was exceptional. GLC Dance owner Gemma Clifton was immensely proud of all of the children that took part and was thrilled with the glowing reviews she received from the audience. Gemma says any new children are always welcome at her classes so for more information about the classes in the area she can be contacted by the GLC Dance Facebook page.
Wednesday – Annie Chapple Centre Cleethorpes 5.15-6.15pm £3
Friday – Holton Le Clay Village Hall 5.30-7.30pm £4.50
Saturday – Annie Chapple Centre Cleethorpes 11.30-12.30 £3
To find out more go to the GLC Dance Facebook page.
Chinese ambassadors celebrate local artists’ work
Six officials from the Chinese Embassy in Manchester visited Mr Hai Yeung’s hotel, The Landings, to make a presentation to him to thank him for exhibiting paintings, including the longest one in the world, at a recent exhibition in Manchester.
Artist, Hai Sheut Yeung, and his wife, Kwai Heung Yeung, received a special award to thank him for exhibiting paintings, including the longest one in the world, at a recent exhibition in Manchester, from Dr Sun Dali, consul general of the Peoples Republic of China, based in Manchester, and his wife Sun Dali, during a presentation at the Landings Hotel, Grimsby.
The event was attended by a delegation from the Chinese Embassy in Manchester.
Rotary Club presents £5,000 to Women’s Aid
The guest at Grimsby Rotary’s lunch time meeting in May was Denise Farman, chief executive officer of Women’s Aid North East Lincolnshire and this was a return visit .
After the meal, Mike Bull presented Denise with a cheque for £5,000 and said: “This year I chose Women’s Aid North East Lincolnshire as my main charity. Women’s Aid supports women and children from around the area who are victims of domestic abuse.
“They run the Women’s Refuge,and also support the victims with advice,learning and information.”
Denise,was very grateful for the cheque and commented: “This is a massive amount of money and will be spent on helping children in our care. Last year we had 127 children in the refuge and to date we have had 27.”
“I will return to let you know what we have done with the money and please continue to support our charity shop.”
President Mike replied by reminding Denise that the Rotary had collected a few items of clothing for the shop too.
Ladybirds raise £300 for new defibrillator
Ladybird President Sue Strugnell presenting a cheque for £300 to Christine Cross, President of Stallingborough WI and committee member Julie Hoyle. Stallingborough have raised sufficient funds to purchase a defibrillator for the village but required a further £300 to buy the casing, so it could be fixed to the outside of the village hall, and the electrical connection. The Grimsby and Cleethorpes Ladybirds were happy to make up the shortfall.
£500 presented for Hydrotherapy Pool Charity
Caption Brian Marsh, Chairman of the Trustees for the Hydrotherapy Pool Charity, receives the cheque for £500 from Mary Taylor, the President of the Caledonian Society.
The Hydrotherapy Pool Charity was presented with the cheque at the Grimsby and District Caledonian Society’s Charity Dance, held at the Central Hall, Grimsby.
Fun and creativity in abundance during children’s activity week
The recent Creation Station Cleethorpes art and craft classes raised £100 for Caudwell Children’s Charity, as part of the National Children’s Activity Week #CAW2018.
Nationally 151,884 children took part in enriching activities during the fun filled week, with funds still flying in from all over the county.
Local business owner Sam Smith said: “We were overwhelmed by the support shown by so many to support this worthy cause. We wanted to thank everyone who joined us at our weekly art and craft classes during this fundraising week.
“So many lives with be enhanced with some much needed sparkle, thanks to you all.
“We are continuing our fund raising for another charity close to my heart – Children with Cancer UK via our Facebook page!”
For more information on how The Creation Station Cleethorpes can add some more sparkle to your day contact Sam via email:
[email protected] or phone 07989 219 108
Choir follows evensong with Ascension Day celebration
Grimsby Institute lecturer goes the extra mile for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance raising £9,000
A tutor from the Grimsby Institute completed the 26.2 mile London marathon and smashed his fundraising target of £2,500 almost four times over – raising an amazing £9,000 for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.
Simon Bryson, programme leader for Fd Tourism Management and FE Tourism, chose a charity close to his heart – as they helped to save his life, following a near fatal accident in June 2015.
Simon was mountain biking with his son Euan, who was 13 at the time, near Willingham Woods in Lincolnshire, when his front tyre blew out after landing a jump. The 53-year-old was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary, where he spent almost three months recovering from multiple fractured ribs, a broken collarbone, a double pelvic fracture, punctured lung and fractured neck.
Despite hearing from consultants that patients with lesser injuries had not lived to tell the tale, Simon recovered enough to take part in the Southwell Last Minute Triathlon just a year after leaving hospital. Determined to repay the £1,200 it cost to fly him from Market Rasen to Hull, he powered through a 400m swim, 14-mile bike ride and three-mile run, raising a final total of £3,500.
Not content with this, Simon decided to take his fundraising efforts one step further by running this year’s London Marathon.
He said: “I did it! 26.2 miles in the blistering heat. I trained in the coldest winter since the ice age began and ran in the hottest London marathon ever!
“I took a much longer time than I’d hoped for but I really don’t give a monkeys, when I was running up the Mall it dawned on me what a journey both literally and metaphorically I’d travelled and the fact I’d raised at that point well over 8K.
“I am truly, truly humbled. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, thank you one and all.”
Simon hasn’t been put off by the heat and the hours of training and has already submitted his application for next year’s marathon.
Charity fundraiser surpasses marathon goal to raise over £700 for The British Heart Foundation
A Lincs Inspire member and regular at Grimsby Leisure Centre, has undertaken the MyMarathon challenge, raising over £700 in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
Linda Holdich’s target was to run 26.2miles on a treadmill, during May. She got off to a fantastic start by completing 7.5 miles on her first day of the challenge. Linda then surpassed her goal of completing it within two weeks, by clocking up the 26.2 miles in just six days!
Linda had a very special reason for why this challenge was so important to her. She said: “It’s very personal to me because my husband suffers with heart disease and he’s had an operation. Mum also suffers from coronary heart disease, which is hereditary. So I’ve been on a fitness kick myself.
“I’ve lost about three and a half stone and I’ve got two little grandsons, two years old and six months, that I’m very much aware of, and I want to be healthy for them. So it’s quite personal this for me.”
“It’s my thinking time. It’s good for my mental health – it’s been very good for my lifestyle. I come in first thing in a morning, then I can think about things, it clears the head.
“Then I go to work; it changes my mood. If I get up a little bit grumpy, I come here and by the time I’ve finished I feel much better. So it’s not only done a lot for my health, but my mind as well.”
Linda would encourage others to take up similar challenges, she enthused: “Do it! Don’t be afraid to do it. I was. I’m not a natural person that used to come to the gym. I had the usual fear of walking in the gym and people looking at you, but I’ve got over that now.
She added: “It’s kind of like a little bit of a family really!”
If you’d like to find out more about Linda’s MyMarathon Challenge you can visit her page: https://mymarathon18.everydayhero.com/uk/linda-holdich/wizard/share
Beard shave goes a long way to raise £4,000 for cancer charity
A Keelby man decided to part with his pride and joy to show support to his wife by shaving his beard off.
Although Steve Webster had the beard for just four months, the gesture behind the shave raised over £4,000 for the charity Macmillan.
Steve said: “I’d been growing my beard during my wife’s treatment for breast cancer and as soon as she finished I wanted to shave it off and raise money for the fantastic Macmillan, who have been absolutely wonderful and have gone above and beyond throughout this hard time.”
His daughter Alice, who had previously raised £1,000 by shaving her hair earlier in the year to show support to her mother Sally Webster, added: “I couldn’t be with my mum through the sickness from chemo or the constant ‘what if’ thoughts, but I could be with her through losing her hair.
“She means the world to me and I hated that she had to go through this. Macmillan were absolutely fabulous with our family.”
The family had huge amounts of support from the local pub, The Nags Head. The evening of the shave raised over £500, thanks to the generosity of Joyce the landlady, Julie Larder and all the locals digging deep on the night.
Jamie Davenport, Macmillan fundraising manager for the area commented: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet with the Webster’s and friends to celebrate this huge amount of money raised.
“The community spirit was clear for all to see and £5,000 goes such a long way to providing help for local people.
“This money could pay for a Macmillan nurse for over a month, helping to support 100’s of patients and families through a tough time.”
If you need support through any aspect of cancer, get in touch with the Macmillan support line on 0808 808 0000.
With handkerchiefs aloft Grimsby Morris Men danced their way around three tea rooms
Grimsby Morris Men embarked on a short tour of the area’s tea rooms on a gloriously hot day, commencing at the Cafe Mews in Melton Ross at lunchtime, progressing on to The Dunn Deal in Nettleton before finishing at Claytons’s Corner, in Howsham. The men were well supported at Cafe Mews, the first stop on their touring trio of tea rooms.
Their tour continues on Monday, May 14 when they will be visiting the village of Binbrook, to dance in the square and to take part in the blessing of the water pump.
On the way to Binbrook, the Morris Men will call at The Click ‘Em Inn at 7.45pm. Then on to Binbrook to dance at or near the Water Pump at 8.30pm; finishing at the The Plough Inn at 9pm for another short session of dancing.
Grimsby Morris Men would like to welcome some new members so for further details please phone 07925 327020 or log on to www.grimsbymorrismen.org.uk.
Pupils at St Mary’s Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy show their kindness during Lent fundraising events
Every year, during Lent, children and staff at St Mary’s Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy raise money for CAFOD (The Catholic Agency For Overseas Development). This year, CAFOD set schools the challenge of raising money to buy essentials for families in developing countries.
Helen Rushworth, RE subject leader said: “There’s nothing better than raising money with a smile on your face! We had lots of smiles and giggles whilst raising an incredible amount of money.
“This year, children, their families and staff raised money by holding a different event every Friday during term time.
“These included: dressing up at rocks stars, coming to school as their favourite character from a book, having a number day and also dressing up as a famous person from history.
“On the last week of term, the children decorated eggs and they made a contribution to enter a competition. We had some ‘eggcellent’ entries- they were all cracking.
“During Lent this year, we raised the grand total of £458.17, doubled by the government to £916.54. What an amazing achievement from everyone involved. “We are very proud that we will be helping make better and brighter life for other people in need. What a fantastic gift to give!”
Kindhearted Ladybirds reward Sea Cadets for their hard work with extra donation
The Grimsby and Cleethorpes Ladybirds Club have been extra busy lately, with another presentation to the local Sea Cadets. The charity group presented a cheque for £400 a few months ago but after seeing the amazing work they did with the cadets, the ladies decided to top it up to £1,000. Many of the cadets come from disadvantaged areas so can’t easily afford the cost of uniforms, trips and training
Charity sky dive sees fundraiser flying high with donations
Fearless Ann Marie Wood-Lusty from New Waltham has undertaken her first skydive in Jersey, to raise money for the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS).
This is a charity close to her heart as her son Joshua is deaf and has had lots of support from the NDCS; who organise activities and workshops for deaf children and their families. As well as offering support with health, education and deaf children’s rights and keeping families up to date with latest technology.
Ann Marie, 54, said: “Last year my son was lucky enough to be on the NDCS Youth Advisory Board and helped to start a campaign to get British Sign Language (BSL) as a GCSE.
“ Currently deaf children whose first language is BSL have to be educated out of the Grimsby area either Hull or Doncaster. This means they can be isolated from their school friends during weekends and summer holidays.
“Its not always easy for them to make friends or join clubs and groups locally due to communication difficulties. Joshua has had lots of local support over the years to help him achieve his goals.
“He is also a massive Grimsby Town football supporter. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sponsored me, I raised nearly £700.
“I had never done a skydive before! I have never been very good with heights so it was quite a challenge for me.
“I think I was more excited than nervous though. The skydive team I went with (Skydive Jersey) were fantastic and made whole experience amazing. Something I will never forget.
“I would encourage anyone to have a go.”
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