Start the new year with a smile

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Scores of people have already put in their requests for a slice of the £10,000 Smile Campaign pot.

But it’s still not too late for you to let us know what you need a cash injection to help you get your new year off to a great start.

The Smile Campaign has seen Spalding and District Round Table team up with the Spalding Guardian to offer the mammoth amount for use in our community.

It was a big success the first time it ran in 2010 and this year looks like it’s going to be even better – with individuals, groups, organisations and schools already filling in their forms to let us know how much they need for all manner of projects.

And that’s one of the great things about the Smile fund – there are virtually no limits on who can apply or what the money can be used for.

Applicants can be individuals (for themselves or on behalf of someone else), a group, club, team or even school.

Perhaps you or a relative needs some cash to buy a new sofa or redecorate your home, for example, or perhaps your sports team’s kit is beginning to look a little scruffy and you feel a new one would really lift spirits.

A panel, including Round Table members and a representative of the Spalding Guardian will decide which applications will be backed with a donation of up to £500.

Requests for amounts over £500 will also be considered but will be put before all Round Table members for approval.

Some of the latest applicants include:

*Bethany Knight, £3,995 for a world challenge expedition to Vietnam and Cambodia.

*Sutton Bridge in Bloom, £500 to buy plants, containers and tools and for running costs.

*South Holland District Scout Council, £500, to help cover costs of attending the Poacher 2013 camp.

*Peele Community College, Long Sutton, £500 for sound and lighting equipment for a college production.

*Wygate Foundation Nursery School, £500 to develop its outdoor play area.

To apply, cut out the form in Tuesday’s Free Press or email tracey.sweetland@jpress.co.uk with the following information: Applicant, Address, Email address, Phone number, Total funding request, Purpose for funding (who will benefit and how).