Three causes get share of £295,000 Lottery money

COMMUNITY groups and projects in the area have been given part of a £295,000 lottery fund given out across the East Midlands.

The Big Lottery Fund has handed out £6,018 to Angelbear, £10,000 to the Sibsey Village Hall Committee and £2,600 to the Pilgrim School projects.

The Sibsey Village Hall Committee aims to refurbish the facility, which has been at the centre of the community for more than 50 years.

The group has already completed a number of repairs to the building.

Secretary Val Hackett said: “This grant brings us to a total of almost £20,000 raised in the 12 months since Lee Archer and I took over the reigns at the much neglected hall.”

The funding will help replace the roof.

The group also hopes to hold a village fete to celebrate the 50 years since the hall was built, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, on June 9.

The Mayor of Boston will perform the opening ceremony.

The Angelbear project was set up in January 2010 by former nurse Melanie Smith.

The project gets people to send her teddy bears created from a pattern which is available on the internet, which are then sent out to children in need such as orphans or those with terminal illnesses.

The money will be used to relocate and expand the organisation from home to a community centre.

The Pilgrim Community Special school provides for learners based on an assessment of individual needs including those with special educational needs, pregnancy, severe trauma and anxiety or chronic illness.

The money from the Big Lottery Fund will go towards funding to provide a cycle shelter at the school’s new premises in Lincoln for use by the pupils.

It aims to encourage cycling and promote healthier lifestyles.

For more informtaion about the fund visit www.biglotteryfund.co.uk.