Take a chance on Abba tribute for charity ball

Johnson Community Hospital staff raising cash for last year's Two Lips week. SG160512-111NG
Johnson Community Hospital staff raising cash for last year's Two Lips week. SG160512-111NG
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Dancing queens – and kings – are in for a real treat at the grand finale of a big charity fundraising week.

The Rotary Club of Spalding has booked tribute band Abba Arrival UK for the Two Lips Charity Ball at Spalding’s Castle Sports Centre.

The band is the most popular Abba tribute act in the UK with live, unsurpassed renditions of hits like Waterloo, Thank You For the Music and Dancing Queen.

The black tie event will also feature a three-course dinner, a disco by Oblivion, the chance to win prizes in a big raffle and the opportunity to bid in a charity auction.

As well as having fun on this wonderful night out, you’ll know that every penny raised will go to good causes on our doorstep.

Rotary Club of Spalding president Andy Prior said: “This is the second year of Two Lips.

“The first raised £10,000 but we are hoping for bigger and better this year, particularly as we have the ball at the end of the week.”

Rotary is taking table bookings for ten to 12 people so this could be a perfect night out for families, friends or work colleagues – but individual places can be booked too so no one needs to miss out.

The ball takes place on Saturday, May 18 at the end of a really important week.

To reserve your place call Andy or Sarah Prior on 01775 720607.

Tickets cost £35 with £10 paid straight away and the balance by Saturday, May 4.

Charities benefiting from Two Lips in 2013 are St Barnabas Hospice (Jenny Freeman Lodge), Spalding swimming clubs, Spalding Age UK and St John Ambulance.

Andy said: “As a club we think it’s really important to help local causes in the financially difficult times.”

Some events have already been lined up – including a quiz organised by the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian – but the club is appealing for more people to support the week.

“Obviously at this stage we are really keen for clubs, schools or organisations to get involved and organise events,” Andy said.

Among supporters of last year’s Two Lips week were a team from Spalding’s Johnson Hospital who donned deep tulip red outfits to run cake and tombola stalls.

If you have a fundraising idea – or want to organise something – please contact Rotarian John Barnes on 01775 725514.

You can also tell the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian so we can publicise what you are doing to help local charities.

Supporters stepping forward so far include Beales, who will put on a series of events at their Spalding department store, Barclays Bank, and supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.

The Holland Market branch of Sainsbury’s will host a bucket collection from May 11-15 and Morrisons at Pinchbeck will do the same after the big week from May 20-24.

Spalding shoppers will have a chance to get the fundraising week off to a good start as Two Lips will have a charity book stall on the market on Saturday, May 11.

nCharities celebrating £2,000 boosts from last year’s Two Lips fundraiser were Spalding PHAB Club, The League of Friends of Johnson Community Hospital, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and Spalding Scouts and Guides.