Bid to support the stars of tomorrow

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A team of volunteers is hoping to help children shine on stage with its bid to our Smile campaign fund.

SPOTS – Supportive Parents of Tomorrow’s Stars – is made up of parents whose children attend, or previously attended, Polka Dot Academy of Performing Arts.

It raises funds not only for children at the academy but also in the wider South Holland community.

At the start of the school year the group was asked if it would consider sponsoring a child in Lincolnshire Children’s Services’ care to attend the academy.

Charity treasurer Sam Emmett-Laing said: “We jumped at the chance and the child in question really shone over the term, becoming a great team player and they have made some really good friends.

“We have been asked again if we could sponsor, and this has now been done for two places.

“But sadly there is now a waiting list of children who would love to go the academy but can’t afford to and it is for this reason we would like to apply for £528, which will pay for places for four children.

“It would be great to get four more children off the list and into the academy and see them grow in confidence, to see them have fun and make new friends and, who knows, progress to better things.”

SPOTS is the latest in a growing list of groups and individuals who have applied to the Smile fund for the chance of a £10,000 purse offered by Spalding and District Round Table.

Just about anyone can apply and the money can be used for just about anything.

A panel, including Round Table members and a representative of the Spalding Guardian, will decide which applications will be backed with a donation of up to £500.

Requests for amounts over £500 will also be considered but will be put before all Round Table members for approval.

So fill in the form below, or email and include all the details requested on the form.

Other applicants so far include:

l Mrs Jean Cottam, £300 to buy a games console for Moulton Chapel Youth Club;

l Mrs M Richer, of Kama’s Cave Greyhound Sanctuary, £100 to provide extra heating and blankets for rescued greyhounds;

l Sandra Richards, £500 to £2,000 for a new bathroom;

l Mrs Mary Coe, £500, to redecorate front room, microwave and shopping trolley.