Vital lifeline to be set up with £14,400 donations

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People in crisis across South Holland will be able to call on a vital service thanks to a cash injection of more than £14,400.

The Red Cross charity will use the money to fund its First Call service, which provides companionship and social visits to those in need and helps them in practical ways with chores such as shopping.

The money has been donated from the cash kitties of 32 South Holland district councillors – the single biggest donation from the councillors’ designated budgets so far.

Each councillor has offered £450 for the cause.

Alison Allenby, First Call Service Co-ordinator for the British Red Cross, said: “We already receive a large number of requests for help from people in the South Holland area.

“Although we try our best to help, without a project worker and local volunteers this is very difficult.

“We are delighted that South Holland district councillors are able to support us this year in providing a very real and necessary service and look forward to establishing a First Call presence in the area.”

Speaking on behalf od the council, chairman Coun Michael Seymour said: “This will be money well spent as this is a fantastic service.

“This is the biggest collective donation made from members’ budgets and shows how the money can be put to good use, making a real difference in our communities.”