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Jayne Jarvis, Russell and Gordon Kirk, with Couns Andrew Woolf and Graham Dark, get the Hearts with Santander grand charity balloon popping event under way outside Santander in Spalding during the town's Christmas Market weekend.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Jayne Jarvis, Russell and Gordon Kirk, with Couns Andrew Woolf and Graham Dark, get the Hearts with Santander grand charity balloon popping event under way outside Santander in Spalding during the town's Christmas Market weekend. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A Spalding bank worker is at the heart of an ambitious drive to raise more than £10,000 for three deserving charities.

Gaynor Fiske (49), of Heron Place, is the mastermind behind Hearts with Santander in aid of South Holland LIVES First Responders, The Butterfly Hospice and Callum Pite’s Smile Charity.

So far, more than £4,000 has been raised for the three charities through a series of events which included a grand charity balloon popping challenge at Spalding’s Christmas Market at the end of November.

Gaynor said: “It was overwhelming to see all the people who joined us after we opened the Santander branch where I work in Spalding to start blowing up the balloons.

“Market stall holders, businesspeople, district councillors and PCSOs (police community support officers) came into the branch and got involved on the day when about 850 balloons were popped.”

The centrepiece of Hearts with Santander comes next year with A Night to Remember at South Holland Centre on Saturday, February 14, from 7pm to midnight.

Special guests at the charity evening will include Spalding singer Jayne McCallum, rock and roll tribute band The Overdubs and Tulip Queen Amy Cook.

Gaynor said: “My dream has been to organise a big charity function before my 50th birthday to support three charities in the Spalding area and where people can enjoy themselves.

“It will hopefully be an enjoyable evening for families in the area, with a disco, raffle and auction to raise funds for the three chosen charities.”

Tickets priced £10 for adults and £5 for children under 18 are available from Santander in Bridge Street, Spalding, or Gaynor on 07818 800456.