Two Lips on target for £10,000 – and set to come back bigger and better

LIPS FUN: Pinchbeck East Primary School pupils ditched their uniforms for a day to raise money for Two Lips. 'Photo: SG240513-111TW
LIPS FUN: Pinchbeck East Primary School pupils ditched their uniforms for a day to raise money for Two Lips. 'Photo: SG240513-111TW
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Spalding Rotarians are celebrating as their Two Lips fundraising campaign is likely to raise at least £10,000.

Fundraising continues next week at Hills Department Store in Broad Street, Spalding, when you can buy £1 cupcakes in the restaurant – and every penny will go to Rotary’s good causes.

The store is also holding a raffle for the charity.

Rotarians are still counting the pennies from the events so far, but it looks likely the ball featuring tribute band Abba UK at Spalding’s Castle Sports Complex will bring in more than £3,000.

The Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian quiz was another big money spinner with more than £1,000 going to Two Lips thanks to matched funding from Barclays Bank.

Rotary Club of Spalding president Andy Prior said: “Two Lips went very, very well – it was a great success.

“Obviously the highlight for us was the ball and we are hoping it will become an annual event and be bigger and better than ever next year.”

Ideas being floated so far include a Take That tribute band or a Robbie Williams tribute.

Andy said around 200 attended the ball but he hopes that number can be doubled next year.

As well as going all out to make the 2014 ball a big bonanza, Rotarians want to make the Two Lips fundraising bigger and better by encouraging more organisations to host events.

He said: “Other organisations running events is the key for us getting bigger because our numbers are very limited and there’s only a certain amount we can do.”

The final proceeds will be split five ways – with a share going to Spalding Age UK, St Barnabas Hospice, Spalding St John Ambulance, the town’s two swimming clubs and Rotary itself.

Andy explained Rotary has its own small fund for good causes which helps people who need urgent assistance with things like buying wheelchairs.

Good causes are likely to receive their cheques next month.

Pinchbeck East Primary was among schools taking part in Two Lips this year, holding a non-uniform day on Friday.

Andy thanked the businesses, schools, clubs, groups and individuals who have done their bit for the campaign this year – as well as the many people who have donated or taken part in fundraising events.

Two Lips stalwart Rotarian Alan Porter said this year’s campaign has gone very well.