Group needs help to buy party gifts

PARTY TIME: Having fun at last year's Mencap Christmas Party are Elicia White, Glynis Summerfield, Caroline Roberts, Sue Lamb, John Sharp, Beth Brown and Lisa Shaw.
PARTY TIME: Having fun at last year's Mencap Christmas Party are Elicia White, Glynis Summerfield, Caroline Roberts, Sue Lamb, John Sharp, Beth Brown and Lisa Shaw.

More good causes are hoping they could be in line for a Smile Fund handout.

The fund is a £10,000 pot being offered by Spalding and District Round Table to benefit the community and is being run in conjunction with the Spalding Guardian.

Latest applicants include Mencap in Spalding, which provides supported living services for people with learning disabilities.

One of the things the group does each year is organise a Christmas party for the people it supports in the Spalding area.

Like last year, this year’s event will be held at Pinchbeck Village Hall and organisers are hoping to receive £300 from the Smile Fund to buy a £6 present for 50 people expected to attend.

Support worker Glynis Scalese, said: “It is very hard to raise funds and we will be running a raffle on the evening to enhance our much needed funds.

“All money raised goes to activities and days out for the people we support.

“Not only are these days enjoyable events but they also provide sensory needs, life skills and socialising for the people that we support.

“Any help would be a big bonus to us.”

* You could soon be on the receiving end of a Smile cheque – if you have a project you need cash for.

It is ever so easy to apply – and there are very few limits to who can do it and what the money can be for.

Applicants can be individuals, a group, club, organisation or maybe even a school.

Projects can include anything from a new sports team kit to a day out.

To apply, send a letter including your name, address, beneficiary of the cash, amount requested and the reason for the request to Spalding Guardian Smile Fund, Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 1AB