Fundraising running well at Caistor Arts and Heritage

Jimmy Dutch handing over his donation to Centre Manager Stephanie Dale.  (Lin)
Jimmy Dutch handing over his donation to Centre Manager Stephanie Dale. (Lin)
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Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre launched its fundraising programme recently and one 70-year-old stepped out to do his bit to help.

Keen runner Jimmy Dutch, who is the volunteer maintenance man at 28 Plough Hill, took part in the East Coast Classic 10K last month and the Mablethorpe half marathon this month to raise money for the centre.

“The Caistor centre does a wonderful job and I want to support them by raising £1,000 over the next 12 months to help preserve the archaeological finds of the past and future and help educate our young people and future generations,” said Jimmy.

And he is well on the way to his target, with more than £300 from these two events.

A relative late comer to marathon running when he started in his late 30s, Jimmy has raised more than £37K for charities across the UK.

His previous achievements include 120 full marathons, the fastest being the London marathon in 1990 when he finished in 2 hours 55 minutes and 58 seconds.

“I was overwhelmed and delighted when Jimmy offered to raise funds for the centre and hope I am as fit as he is when I am his age,” said centre manager Stephanie Dale.

Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre, which opened in 2011, has, until now, relied entirely on income generated through its café, grants and library space rental to fund the upkeep of the building and its programme of community activities. However, to ensure its long term future and to enable increased community training, arts and heritage activities, the centre needs to generate increased funds through fundraising.

To contribute to Jimmy’s goal call Stephanie on 01472 851605.