Readers rally round to raise £4,000 for Ben and Toby

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Thanks to generous Lincolnshire Free Press readers two special little boys will be able to make the most of bathtime for years to come.

We launched a campaign to raise £4,000 to buy a walk-in bath for disabled brothers Toby and Ben Smith because as they grow their mum Julia is struggling to lift them into the family’s normal bath.

Julia, Ben, Toby and Molly Smith join in the Easter Extravaganza fun organised by South Holland Community Church. Photo: SG230313-123TW

Julia, Ben, Toby and Molly Smith join in the Easter Extravaganza fun organised by South Holland Community Church. Photo: SG230313-123TW

And you did not disappoint – topping the total in little over two weeks.

Many individuals sent in their donations, ranging from £5 to £50, but we have also seen fantastic support on a larger scale.

Husband and wife team Lynn and Robin Exley handed over £620 after their fundraising efforts. Lynn donated the proceeds of a week’s yoga classes, while Robin donated £10 for every domestic order made at Spalding-based Rix Petroleum.

And Toby and Ben, accompanied by mum Julia and older sister Molly, were invited along to an Easter extravaganza organised by South Holland Community Church where proceeds were helping to boost the total further.

Youngsters were able to take part in Easter-related craft activities.

A few weeks ago, Twigglets Day Nursery in Holbeach did its bit by donating 50 per cent of the proceeds from its Comic Relief event – raising more than £60.

The children took part in a range of activities, making cakes and photo frames and playing party gamesOur campaign was topped off when Spalding and District Round Table offered to make up the remainder of the £4,000. Members met Ben and Toby last week to hand over a cheque for £1,000.