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Spalding Street Pastors presented with £6,000 donation from 25 members of South Holland District Council




Volunteers helping to keep the streets of Spalding safe at night have been supported with a £6,000 donation from district leaders.

Spalding Street Pastors received the donation from 25 members of South Holland District Council who used part of their ward budgets to help fund the charity which organises patrols of the town centre on Friday and Saturday nights.

Co-ordinator Marion Sandhu said: "Spalding Street Pastors celebrated its fifth year of caring for, listening to and supporting people enjoying their nights out in the town in July 2013.

Couns Malcolm Chandler and Anthony Casson, of South Holland District Council, with Louise Ruddle, Pastor Chas Sandhu, Marion Sandhu and Jenny Tedbury of Spalding Street Pastors.Photo supplied. (6764749)
Couns Malcolm Chandler and Anthony Casson, of South Holland District Council, with Louise Ruddle, Pastor Chas Sandhu, Marion Sandhu and Jenny Tedbury of Spalding Street Pastors.Photo supplied. (6764749)

"This funding will assist in securing the sustainability of this service for the foreseeable future."

The district council, along with police, pub landlords and nightclub owners in Spalding, have supported the work of Spalding Street Pastors since its inception.

Several council members have accompanied Spalding Street Pastors on patrols of the town, including Coun Anthony Casson, portfolio holder for public protection.

He said: "Seeing Spalding Street Pastors in action was inspiring and they are highly valued in the town, providing a reassuring presence well into the early hours of Saturday and Sunday morning.

Coun Anthony Cassson with Spalding Street Pastors Kieran Burton, Jean Thomson and Marion Sandhu. (6765650)
Coun Anthony Cassson with Spalding Street Pastors Kieran Burton, Jean Thomson and Marion Sandhu. (6765650)

"Volunteers feel they are giving something back to their community and it was notable to see people thanking them for what they do.

"One of the council's main priorities is to create safer communities and so we fully support what Spalding Street Pastors are doing and will help ensure that their excellent work continues."

Anyone interested in volunteering with Spalding Street Pastors, aged 18 or and a church members in South Holland, can email spalding@streetpastors.org.uk

Spalding Street Pastors before their first-ever patrol in July 2013. (6765652)
Spalding Street Pastors before their first-ever patrol in July 2013. (6765652)


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