Garden given Midas touch with Smile help

Tanya Taylor and Anna Towers accept their new lawnmower from programme convenor Nigel Chapman (left) and chairman Mark Luck of Spalding Round Table. Photo:  SG220513-224TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk
Tanya Taylor and Anna Towers accept their new lawnmower from programme convenor Nigel Chapman (left) and chairman Mark Luck of Spalding Round Table. Photo: SG220513-224TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk
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A needy family from Lutton can now take pride in their garden thanks to a handout from the Smile Fund.

Anna Towers and her three young children were in despair over the state of their garden which was so overgrown that games and vegetable planting were impossible.

But after an application to Spalding and District Round Table’s £10,000 Smile Fund on behalf of the family by Richard Pell, a family support worker at Spalding Children’s Centre, the garden has finally been given a makeover.

A £250 application was made to buy a lawnmower and strimmer, but the Round Table went much further as 16 of its members got to work on the garden, armed with mowers, strimmers and hedge cutters.

Overall, it took 90 minutes to transform the garden and Spalding Round Table chairman Mark Luck said: “It was a satisfying project and we were happy to get involved.

“We hope the family can now enjoy the garden this summer and many more to come.”

The Round Table also left a permanent reminder of their goodwill with the family by presenting them with a new lawnmower to keep their garden looking immaculate.

Anna said: “We’d like to say thank you so much to Spalding Round Table and the Smile campaign because it’s marvellous what they’ve done.”

This is the fourth year of the Smile campaign which is open to individuals, groups, clubs and organisations with a worthy cause in need of financial support.

For more details on how to apply for funding, which is easy to do, see the Spalding Guardian every Thursday.