Ben and Toby appeal is over halfway there

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A mystery benefactor has helped take our appeal to raise £4,000 for disabled youngsters Ben and Toby way past the half way mark.

A man, who does not wish to be named, walked into the Spalding Guardian offices yesterday and handed over a cheque for £1,000 to help buy a walk-in bath for the brothers.

But his very generous donation is just one of many sent in by you, our generous, readers – helping to take the total raised so far to around the £2,500 mark.

The figure includes £1,000 from the Lincolnshire Free Press Children’s Fund to get the ball rolling.

Ben and Toby’s mum Julia, of Pennygate, Spalding, said she was delighted with how the fundraising campaign was going.

She said: “It’s brilliant. I am so amazed by how many people are willing to help complete strangers.

“The campaign has only been going a week and we are over halfway there already. I can’t thank people enough for their support.”

Ben and Toby suffer from a number of disabilities, which mean they are still unable to walk or talk.

As they get bigger Julia is finding it increasingly difficult to lift them into the family bath.

The family is also being supported by Spalding Lions, who have found a plumber prepared to do the work to fit Julia’s new bath when we reach the fundraising target.

And a nearly new sale of baby and children’s clothes, toys, books and equipment, will also help us inch closer to the magic £4,000 mark.

One table at the Little Stars Market on Sunday, April 7, at the Castle Sports Complex, from 1pm to 3pm, will be called the Ben and Toby Table and all proceeds will be donated to the appeal, as well as ten per cent from face painting on the day.

To book a table, call Alison on 07775 758313.