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Jason Manford backs fundraising appeal for Spalding teacher after car crash




A fundraising appeal to help buy a new powered wheelchair for a disabled Spalding teacher who was injured in a car crash, is gaining momentum.

Nicole Amott (29) who teaches at The Priory School, has muscular dystrophy and scoliosis and has been in a wheelchair since she was 11.

Nicole Amott, pictured cutting the tape at the start of the Race for Life at The Priory School on May 24. (12626652)
Nicole Amott, pictured cutting the tape at the start of the Race for Life at The Priory School on May 24. (12626652)

She spent 12 days in intensive care following the crash on a family outing on May 31 and her wheelchair was badly damaged.

The crash also left Nicole's husband Lee with a minor ankle injury but fortunately their toddler son, Joseph (2), escaped unhurt.

Comedian Jason Manford asked his 'Charity Ninjas' to get behind Nicole's appeal on his Facebook page. (13129710)
Comedian Jason Manford asked his 'Charity Ninjas' to get behind Nicole's appeal on his Facebook page. (13129710)

Since the launch of the appeal, which we featured on the front page of our sister paper, the Spalding Guardian, more than £7,000 of the £21,000 target has been raised.

Comedian and actor Jason Manford also got involved, sharing Nicole's story with his followers. He posted: "How amazing are teachers? Shall we help this one out my fellow #CharityNinjas?"

Children at Sunflower Lodge Childcare in Pinchbeck will help raise money for Nicole by completing sponsored laps around a coned off area of the car park on balance bikes. (5449448)
Children at Sunflower Lodge Childcare in Pinchbeck will help raise money for Nicole by completing sponsored laps around a coned off area of the car park on balance bikes. (5449448)

And a fundraising day has been planned on Monday, July 8, at Sunflower Lodge Childcare in Pinchbeck, which Nicole's son Joseph attends.

Owner and manager Lisa Oddie, said: "Nicole is lovely and we are really passionate about getting involved and helping her. The children are going to complete as many laps outside as they can on wheels."

"I really couldn't believe it when Jason Manford got involved. I put a comment on his Facebook page to say thank you which he has liked."

Quadring-based fitness company Give It Some Fizz will be helping out on the day and providing balance bikes free of charge for the children to use.

Nicole's mum Sally Mason said: "I really couldn't believe it when Jason Manford got involved. I put a comment on his Facebook page to say thank you which he has liked.

"Sunflower Lodge have been so good during the time Joseph was living with me while Nicole was in hospital. Nothing was too much trouble and then for them to join in the fundraising is fantastic. We can't thank them enough and everybody who has supported the appeal so far."

There will be a fundraising table top sale on Saturday, July 13, at Spalding's St John the Baptist School where Sally is a teaching assistant. It's from 9am until noon and a table is £5. Book on 07535 693632. She is also appealing to any local businesses who would like to donate a prize for a raffle to get in touch.

To donate to Nicole's appeal, search for Sally Mason on Just Giving or click here.

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