Race night to help save shop

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SPALDING’S threatened Oxfam shop is to receive a welcome shot in the arm thanks to plans for a fundraising event.

Michael Moran, who is heading up plans for redevelopment of the town’s Holland Market, is organising a race night which it is hoped will bring in at least £2,000 for the charity shop.

Staff were told earlier this year that their shop could close if there is not a significant increase in the amount of money it brings in.

Mr Moran decided to get involved after hearing of its plight as Oxfam is a cause close to his heart.

He said: “I was born in Oxford and my parents worked for Oxfam for a number of years, so it has always been one of my chosen causes to support.

“It’s a very important cause and a fundraising event is a particular thing we can do to support it.

“I can only see that it can help by demonstrating to Oxfam’s head office that there is a wealth of support for the Spalding shop.”

The 220-ticket race night will be at the South Holland Centre, Spalding, on Saturday, June 16, and Mr Moran is hoping it will be a sell-out.

Tickets will cost £10 to include a sausage and mash supper and will be on sale soon.

During the evening there will be a chance for people to name horses and sponsor individual races to boost the total.

Mr Moran said: “It should be a great night and a lot of fun.”