A mum of two is taking on a new challenge to help organise a family fun festival in Holbeach and keep the doors of her local church open.
Rachel Ingall says she is making the most of her maternity leave to bring the community together for the festival at Holy Trinity Church next month.
Already the event has attracted a nationally known act and now Rachel is calling on the community to get behind it.
She said: “I have no real experience of organising something so big, but I felt someone had to do it.
“The church has had a lot of expense recently and needed funds to keep the doors open for one and all.
“Since I’m on maternity leave, I thought ‘why not me?’.”
The congregation at the church has been growing since it was joined by Father Paul Lloyd a year ago and generous legacies have seen a number of maintenance jobs completed, but collections are never enough to meet ongoing costs.
Together with Roger Larner, Christine Smith and Joy Silver, Rachel’s team has attracted a varied line-up to entertain the crowds at the festival.
Rocky the Owl, which wowed 12 million viewers when it appeared on TV’s Britain Got Talent, is hoped to pull in the crowds, as well as nine-piece band Retrospek.
Rachel said: “They have given their services for free – we have had so much support from businesses who will be there on the day or have donated raffle prizes.
“It truly is great to see such a wonderful community spirit coming together to help us in our cause.
“Then, on top of all this, we have so many volunteers offering to help on the day.
”We hope lots of people will come and support us on the day so everyone knows how much they are appreciated.”
The festival takes place on Saturday, September 6, from 11am to 3pm.