Local communities will benefit from improvements in mental health services and domestic abuse support following a donation of nearly £100,000.
Lincolnshire Co-op members and colleagues came together to raise £99,058 for a number of local charities through the Society’s Community Champions scheme.
One of the charities that benefited is EDAN Lincs Domestic Abuse Service, which received a total of £35,725.
EDAN Lincs offers support across the county to those exposed to domestic abuse by providing safe, emergency accommodation, and advice via an Outreach Support Service.
With a rise in calls during lockdown, the need for donations was more evident than ever.
Fundraising Co-ordinator at EDAN Lincs, Lucy said: “As a small charity, it’s often difficult to be seen and heard amongst the larger national charities.
“We feel privileged that Lincolnshire Co-op has recognised EDAN Lincs and the amazing work our team does to support men, women, and children that are living with or fleeing domestic abuse.”
Thanks to the donation, EDAN Lincs will now be able to employ a full time Fundraising Co-ordinatorand will also use the money raised to fund emergency transport for individuals escaping their domestic situation.
Funds were also raised for Lincolnshire Mental Health Hubs, a charity which works closely with Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
The hubs provide a local initial point of contact for those who are experiencing mental health difficulties. According to the charity, 92 per cent of the calls the hub takes result in the caller receiving community-based support, instead of further services.
The charity intends to use the donation of £38,765 to open new locations, increasing the number of hubs from five to nine. Improvements to services, following the donation, means that charity workers can reach communities quicker, raise awareness and provide services where they’re needed the most.
Several other charities across the area also received donations, including multiple branches of the mental health charity, Mind, and the domestic abuse service, Women’s Aid.
Despite members and colleagues not being able to get out and about to raise funds in the ways they normally would, many got creative with their fundraising efforts.
A donation of 218 handmade cushions was also made to three domestic abuse charities. These were sewn by Lincolnshire Co-op colleagues, The Horncastle Scrub Hub, and Impish Quilters of Lincoln, and will be given to people in the care of refuges to take with them when they’re ready to move on.
From June to September, every time a Lincolnshire Co-op member shopped with their dividend card, a contribution was made to the causes. Proceeds from the carrier bag levy and colleague fundraising also went towards the final total.
Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Engagement Manager Sam Turner said: “We knew that domestic abuse and mental health charities would experience a surge in demand during lockdown and we were keen to support these services through our Community Champions scheme.
“We’re thrilled with the effort colleagues put in during fundraising, particularly during these difficult times. We’re so thankful to our members and the general public for their generosity in helping raise such a fantastic total.
“These charities provide support and services that are vital for so many people. We hope the total raised will make a big difference to these causes and the communities they support.”
Money was raised for the following Community Champions:
|Hull & East Yorkshire Mind||£3906.26|
|Scunthorpe and District Mind||£5050.80|
|Lincolnshire Mental Health Hubs||£38,765.24|
|Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid Ltd||£8015.21|
|North East Lincolnshire Women’s Aid||£3495.63|
|Boston Women’s Aid||£2866.40|
|Other charities outside the Lincs and Notts area||£841.84|
Each county councillor has £3,000 to donate to voluntary groups supporting residents who are experiencing difficulties during Covid 19.
Cllr Rob Kendrick for Metheringham Rural has chosen two groups so far to support with grants from Lincolnshire County Council’s Covid 19 fund.
He awarded £100 to the Sleaford New Life Community Larder and £500 to Martin and Timberland Emergency Support, (MATES) group, an initiative from local residents and Martin and Timberland parish councils*.
Cllr Kendrick comments, “The Sleaford New Life Community Larder were very quick off the mark in seeking support. The group has done an amazing job throughout Covid 19, supporting vulnerable residents and families across North and South Kesteven by delivering food parcels, cooked meals and essential toiletries.
“Many people would have really struggled without their support, and, sadly the need for help continues as cases start to increase again.
“I chose to support the MATES group, as a group of local people who supported elderly and vulnerable people during lockdown. They have delivered and collected medicines, shopping, carried out friendly phone calls, and delivered food parcels, in partnership with a local school, to vulnerable families.”
Cllr Kendrick adds, “I have a particular interest in local support groups as I was previously Voluntary Services Manager for the Lincs Partnership NHS FT. During my time there I set up a number of mental health support groups including three small charities and liaised with other groups/charities.”
Rod Munro, team leader at New Life Community Larder said, “We really appreciate Cllr Kendrick’s support. Although demand levelled off in August and September, we are now seeing an increase in calls from families and support agencies for our services again and we plan to continue operating a five days a week service”.
Lindsay Fulton, a founder of MATES, said, “MATES was set up in mid-March and we were able to shop and deliver prescriptions for more than 60 households during lockdown. We have a phone responders group called HopeLinks and we distributed food to vulnerable families via Mrs Mary King’s School in Martin during lockdown, and continue to make weekly donations to Lincoln Community Larder.
“Many of our 45 volunteers are now ‘on standby’ in case further restrictions are introduced. The grant from Cllr Kendrick will enable us to do something special for local residents if they find themselves alone and isolating in the event of a ‘lockdown Christmas’.
*MATES recently won the Coronavirus Response Group category at the NK Community Champion Awards 2020.
Applications for the fund are still being taken, see www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/communityfund
Although the City of Lincoln 10k has been postponed this November, Fiona Brown from Sturton by Stow won’t take ‘no’ for an answer as she plans to run anyway!
The Lincoln 10k was due to take place on Sunday 1st November, but unfortunately has now been postponed until next summer. One lady who had signed up to run in support of St Barnabas Hospice is Fiona Brown from Sturton by Stow.
Regardless of the postponement, Fiona is still determined to complete a 10km run around Lincoln on 1st November in memory of her friend and neighbour, Karen Chambers.
Fiona said, “I was already registered to run the Lincoln 10k before Karen was diagnosed with Glioblastoma in April this year. Karen was only 46 at the time and her illness is still so difficult to comprehend.
“When I was told the devastating news, I decided I needed to do something to help. I spoke to Karen’s husband, Nick, and explained that I was running the Lincoln 10k and wanted to do this to support a charity of Karen’s choice. Nick and Karen agreed and gave me their full support, selecting St Barnabas Hospice, a charity already close to my heart.
“The St Barnabas Hospice at Home team cared for Karen at home, not just supporting her, but looking after the whole family too. They are truly incredible people and I know Karen had the best possible care because of them.
“The initial fundraising target was £300, but the donations kept rolling in and we reached £1,000 in just three days! We were totally blown away at the kindness and generosity shown by others in support of Karen and our fundraising. Nick helped me to keep Karen updated with my training and fundraising and he said it brought a smile to her face.
“On Sunday 12th July, I received the devastating news that Karen had sadly passed away, age 47. I am a similar age to Karen, and we are both mothers, so I found this news particularly difficult. I so desperately wanted to reach the £2,000 fundraising mark for Karen to see before she passed away, but sadly that was not meant to be.
“Karen’s wish for me was to continue raising money for St Barnabas in her memory and I know she is watching over us as the fundraising total continues to climb. She will be with me on 1st November, and she is my motivation to complete the 10k this year. Karen knew I would be running on this date before she passed away as the postponement had not yet been put in place. I won’t let her down.
“As well as running my own 10k this year, many of Karen’s work colleagues and family will also be joining me to complete the main Lincoln 10k event for Karen next year. Our fundraising page has been extended and we will all be wearing special t-shirts to honour her.
“I was heartbroken when Karen passed away, and now I am even more determined to fundraise in her name. She was a truly special lady and my life is much better for knowing her. If our fundraising page could reach the £3,000 mark by my run on 1st November, I would be so proud.
“I want to thank everyone who has donated so far. Your money will make such a difference to the Hospice.”
Fiona’s fundraising page is now only £200 away from her £3,000 target. Can you help her reach this by Sunday 1st November? Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fionabrown78
The government has chosen 19 new opportunities for investment across the UK, and automation and robotics in Greater Lincolnshire’s food sector is one of them.
Investment Minister Gerry Grimstone MP announced that the bid submitted by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership has been successful in joining the High Potential Opportunities (HPO) scheme.
The county council, along with other organisations in Greater Lincolnshire will now work with the Department for International Trade (DIT) with an aim to attract overseas investment in this sector.
Cllr Colin Davie, executive councillor for economy and place at the county council, said: “The Department of International Trade’s network in 177 cities around the world, will be supporting our agri-food automation and robotics industry -showcasing and promoting opportunities to investors and creating highly skilled jobs.
“Our food and food processing sector in Greater Lincolnshire is something to shout about and deserves to be profiled on this international stage. We need investors to know that being based here opens up a wealth of opportunities for their business.”
Next month partners from the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, Lincolnshire County Council, district councils, universities and industry will start work with the DIT on Greater Lincolnshire’s commercial proposition for food processing, automation and robotics. The end result will be used by the DIT to promote the sector around the world.
Cllr Nick Worth, county councillor for Holbeach and deputy leader of South Holland District Council, said: “This is really positive news for the area, and the additional support, promotion and resource will be invaluable as the district and wider county continues to promote itself to investors as the home of the largest cluster of agri-food businesses anywhere in the country.”
The expectation is that the HPO will attract more inward investment to the area and create more high-quality jobs in the agrifood sector.
Pat Doody, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Food production has created more growth and high-value jobs in the last five years than any other sector so we are delighted this is recognised nationally.
“Partners locally are working together to develop Greater Lincolnshire into a UK Food Valley which will compete globally. Key schemes such as the development of the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone and the growth of the agri-robotics research hub have been influential in growing the cluster.
Professor Simon Pearson, Professor of Agri-Food Technology at the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology, said: “We’re delighted to be engaged in this opportunity. Clearly agrifood technology is a significant strength of the University of Lincoln. It’s a wonderful way to exploit the research capacity at the university which now includes the largest group of agri-roboticists in the EU.” The Minister for Investment Gerry Grimstone MP said: “The UK has so much to offer international investors across a variety of key sectors and regions. Inward investment will help the UK build back better while levelling up all parts of the UK. This is just the start of the steps we are taking to increase inward investment and drive economic recovery.”
Two Lincolnshire Coastal Towns are set to receive £1,250,000 of initial funding from the Government under the Town Deal Programme.
Pedestrianisation of part of the Skegness foreshore and plans to accelerate delivery of a new Colonnade development in Sutton-On-Sea will now come to fruition after the announcement was made today.
The funds come from the Towns Deal Accelerated Funding, which is part of the Towns Deal, an ambitious project that will see around 100 towns across the UK benefit from more than £3.6 billion for improvements that each town identified can use to put forward strategic plans for in the form of Town Investment Plans.
Skegness and Mablethorpe and Sutton have joined forces for their bid of more than £50 million to boost employment and training opportunities and community facilities under the Town Deal. A group of local stakeholders, businesses and community groups have formed a board called the Connected Coast to ensure the bid is as strong and representative of local needs as possible.
Chair of the Connected Coast, Sarah Louise Fairburn, said: “This is amazing news, we are very confident that after lengthy consultation with local people, businesses and residents in both towns that we can deliver an ongoing vision for the two towns. This first tranche of funding is intended to spur on the two projects which by their very nature will improve the offering that both towns have the potential to capitalise on.
“Our hopes are that this is just the beginning. We want to see the Connected Coast benefit from even more funding, and there are some incredibly passionate teams behind getting that secured. Further funding will see us meet the challenges of connectivity, travel, health and education as well as improving the tourism offering that both towns do so well already.”
Sarah Louise continued: “The works in Skegness will see the part-pedestrianisation of Tower Esplanade and follows East Lindsey District Council’s approved Skegness Foreshore Masterplan. The improvements will be key to enhancing the trading environment in this area and will no doubt unlock the economic potential of a number of other under-utilised sites along the Southern Foreshore that will become more commercially-viable as a result of the pedestrianisation works.”
The works will also mean traffic will now be re-routed along Princes and South Parade into the Festival Car Park.
In Sutton on Sea, the existing, unsafe 1950’s Colonnade concrete structure will be demolished to make way for an extensive redevelopment scheme to boost footfall and trade in the town as well as increased opportunities for outdoor leisure activities for all of the family. The new development will soon be submitted for detailed planning consent and includes a new landmark multi-use building housing a café, gallery and exhibition space and viewing decks.
It will also offer sheltered trading areas, craft and performance spaces as well as 15 new modern beach huts and six luxury holiday lodges. The surrounding green and open space areas will also be enhanced around existing heritage features to provide a mix of outdoor leisure facilities and recreational space for local residents and future visitors to enjoy. Plans of the new Colonnade scheme will be available to view online at www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/colonnade
This Halloween, Wally, the world’s favourite children’s book character – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – will be travelling to Lincoln – visiting Lincoln Castle & The Collection Museum.
From Saturday 17th October – Sunday 1st November, families will be able to join the search for Wally as part of the Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, organised by Walker Books and Kids in Museums, to celebrate the release of the new book, Where’s Wally? Spooky Spotlight Search.
Families will be able to hunt for Wally in the Castle grounds or amongst the Collection’s collection of amazing Roman or Viking artefacts, as well as spelling out a spooky phrase with letters hidden alongside mini Wally standees. Those who complete the search will receive a special “I found Wally!” bookmark, as well as having the chance to enter a grand prize draw competition to win an ArtFund Family Membership and a bundle of Where’s Wally? goodies.
As well as hunting for Wally, families will be able to have a go at activity sheets and have selfies with Wally.
Laura Ince, visitor experience team leader at Lincoln Castle, said: “Fancy trying something new this half-term? Kids and grownups alike will love this special hunt for Wally! You never know where he will be hiding in our Victorian prison or in the Magna Carta Vault – what a spectacular setting!”
The Collection Museum and Lincoln Castle are both COVID secure sites – with one way systems in place, social distancing measures in place and regular sanitising stations.
The activity is included within the entry to The Collection Museum and included within the price of a Castle day ticket, free for Lincoln Castle annual pass holders.
|A Lincolnshire family is raising money for local maternity bereavement services after experiencing the loss of their baby girl.|
Hannah Laidler, 30, and Liam Hargrave, 30, from Lincoln, sadly experienced the stillbirth of their baby girl, Ayla Frankie, in March this year at just over 40 weeks into their pregnancy.
In honour of Ayla, her family are cycling 310 miles, from Helensburgh, Scotland to Lincoln County Hospital maternity unit. Ayla’s Dad and her three uncles will be making the epic journey, from Thursday 24 September to Sunday 27 September, to raise money for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust maternity bereavement services, SANDS and Tommy’s.
Their aim is to raise money to support those services and families going through a traumatic experience whilst also raising awareness of the support and advice that is available.
Hannah said, “We wanted to do something that will honour Ayla’s memory as well as help any other families who may go through a similar experience. Ayla will always be with us. We want those families to know that they are not alone and they can access help and support when they need it most.
“We also want to raise awareness and break the silence around baby loss, trying to make it less of a taboo/isolated subject, so other bereaved parents feel able to talk about their babies openly, and give friends/family members the confidence to ask questions and communicate with bereaved parents.
“For those who know of someone who has lost a baby, I urge you to ask them about their baby, don’t feel scared that you might upset them further, please ask all the same questions you would if their baby had lived. This will mean so much to them. Please don’t ignore that it has happened because it is far worse to say nothing at all.
“Ayla weighed 6lb 3oz, had lots of beautiful dark hair like her daddy and was the perfect combination of us both.”
Bereavement Midwife, Rachel Bond said, “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Hannah and Liam for thinking of others in their own time of need and we wish all the riders luck and hope they have a safe journey which is not hampered too much by saddle sores!”
You can donate to their JustGiving page by clicking here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ben-hargrave300?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=ben-hargrave300&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=e5d022d048e142ce8325adb2c2c7972b
If you would like to track their progress you can do so on Instagram @cycle_for_ayla
Photo shows: Liam Hargrave and Hannah Laidler.
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A pre-planned warrant at a Lincolnshire farm led to searches taking place over nine days after underground bunkers containing cannabis were found.
On the morning of Thursday 3rd September officers, drone support and the dog unit arrived at the farm in Skendleby near the east coast accompanied by officials from the Environment Agency who had intelligence to suggest waste was being stored illegally at the site.
Officers from the Spanish Civil Guard also joined the operation having provided information which supported intelligence obtained by Lincolnshire Police that a drug operation was taking place.
Four bunkers made up of shipping containers were found 20ft underground – their entrances concealed within barns. In total 12 shipping containers were used to make up the bunkers and house a large number of cannabis plants. Officers estimate the drugs would have a street value of approximately £580,000.
More than 300 tonnes of illegal waste, a shotgun and six stolen cars were also found. 22 horses and one llama were found at the farm itself in a poor condition and were taken away by officers.
Three men, aged 34, 35 and 28 were arrested on suspicion of production of a Class B drug, burglary with intent to steal, animal welfare offences and possible waste offences.
The 34-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a prohibited firearm and theft of a motor vehicle.
They have been released on bail while the investigation continues.
Detective Superintendent Rick Hatton from Lincolnshire Police said:
“We are extremely grateful to our counterparts in Spain and our partners for assisting with the exploration of this site.
“With the operation being underground we have needed some real specialist support to uncover this activity. Only with the skills of those who joined us from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency, East Lindsey District Council, RSPCA, Dyno-Rod and the Home Office’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory have we been able to get to this point.”
The seven Environment Agency officers attending found approximately 300 tonnes of baled waste, 60 part-dismantled vehicles, used asbestos roofing materials, household rubbish and mixed manufactured wood, plus evidence of 6 separate areas used to burn waste illegally. Any site which deposits, treats, stores or disposes of waste is breaking the law if they do so without a permit from the Environment Agency.
The three suspects were also interviewed in relation to this activity before being released on police bail. Investigations continue and officers will return to monitor the safe removal of the waste in the future – which is expected to cost those responsible up to £100,000.
Environment Agency Area Director Norman Robinson said:
“Waste crime is serious – it blights communities and risks real harm to people’s health and the environment, and we won’t hesitate to take action against those responsible.
“We’ve now been able to put a stop to illegal activity on this site – a testament to the determination, joint-working and intelligence-sharing between multiple organisations.
“Investigations continue, but in the meantime, we’d ask anyone who suspects illegal waste activity to report it to police hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”