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Spalding music festival gets a big boost




A donation from four Co-op stores, including Donington and Bourne, will boost a big music festival to be staged in Spalding this summer.

The Going Forward Social Group put on the town's first ever music festival for people with physical and learning disabilities last year.

The group aims to repeat the success when it takes over the grounds of The Priory School on July 27.

Pictured (from left) are Sue Scott, Elizabeth Squires, Matthew Stacey, Rita Stacey, Sophie Commons, Alyson Commons (back) and Chris Debarr.
Pictured (from left) are Sue Scott, Elizabeth Squires, Matthew Stacey, Rita Stacey, Sophie Commons, Alyson Commons (back) and Chris Debarr.

One of the festival founders, Alyson Commons, says group members have been fundraising for months and are delighted to see businesses and the community getting behind them.

The Co-op's Chris Debarr presented the group with a £400 cheque at Elsea Park, Bourne, on behalf of the four store branches.

Alyson said: "This money has come from the Co-op's community donations fund, which is available for stores to nominate local causes to support.

"We were honoured that these stores felt our music festival was a worthwhile cause and would like to say a huge thank you to them.

"The committee are working hard to raise the money for this event so every penny means we are a step closer to making this music festival as success."

Going Forward members have helped their cause with a series of fundraising events.

Alyson said: "We have been working hard to fundraise by selling Christmas cards designed by members of the Going Forward Social Group, held a Christmas disco and raffle and, most recently, a table top sale at Holbeach Community Centre."

Alyson formed Going Forward with Rita Stacey and Samantha Harley-Pesce in 2016 for young adults after the county council cut funding for specialist after-school and holiday clubs for those aged 18-plus.


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