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Spalding digs deep to make Christmas special for homeless young mums and babies




Customers of Lincolnshire C-op Travel in Spalding are making Christmas dreams come true for homeless young mums and babies.

A mini-mountain of donated baby clothes, toys, cosmetics and toiletries will make Christmas Day very special at Lime House, part of the Spalding-based charity The Lighthouse Project.

Lime House provides support for young mums with babies or mums-to-be with bumps until they are able to find a home of their own.

Pictured (from left) are: back - Co-op Travel manager Kate Foreman, Lime House manager Jane Dhanji, Lime House support worker Louise Sandhu, charity fundraiser Mandy Baxter; front - Rox Murfitt, from Co-op Travel, Rosie Aston with baby James Gallagher and Diana Austin
Pictured (from left) are: back - Co-op Travel manager Kate Foreman, Lime House manager Jane Dhanji, Lime House support worker Louise Sandhu, charity fundraiser Mandy Baxter; front - Rox Murfitt, from Co-op Travel, Rosie Aston with baby James Gallagher and Diana Austin

Co-op Travel, in Hall Place, Spalding, has been receiving donations from its generous customers, including a grandma who brought in several bags filled with beautiful baby clothes.

Co-op Travel manager Kate Foreman said the firm had been collecting for good causes over the last 15 years.

She said: "Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers."

Baby James Gallagher tests out the toys under the Christmas tree at Co-op Travel
Baby James Gallagher tests out the toys under the Christmas tree at Co-op Travel

Charity fundraiser Mandy Baxter, a member of the Spalding Ball Committee, suggested the Lighthouse Project as being a deserving cause for Co-op Travel's Christmas collection.

But no one imagined quite how many donations would be made and the items filled a couple of cars as they travelled across town.

Lime House manager Jane Dhanji said: "I am absolutely overwhelmed - it's amazing, isn't it."

And support worker Louise Sandhu said: "People have just gone completely out of their way to donate these wonderful gifts for people in need. I just think it's completely amazing."

Lime House opened 12 years ago and caters for six young women at a time. All of the funding to keep it going is raised by the Lighthouse charity.

Jane said the home has helped hundreds over the years.

Previously ...

South Holland's shock rise in homeless kids

Fundraiser at Lighthouse Church in Spalding boosts funds for the charity



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