Big-hearted Tablers in £3k charity giveaway

VITAL support for children and teenagers in Market Rasen and new lifesaving equipment for first responders is on the way thanks to generous donations from the town’s Round Table.

Last month your Market Rasen Mail and Market Rasen and District Round Table teamed up to give away £1,000 to worthwhile causes in our area.

But such was the level of response to the appeal, last week the Round Tablers decided to treble the amount of money available and give almost £3,000 to four fantastic schemes.

Ian Fisher, president of Market Rasen and District Round Table, said: “We had a really bumper bonfire night and thanks to all of the Market Rasen public who supported us we have more money thank expected to give to these fantastic causes.”

The appeal attracted 15 applications for the cash, four of which will now receive a grant from the Round Table.

The club will give £1,000 to De Aston School’s breakfast club, which runs every morning from 8am and not only gives disadvantaged youngsters a healthy breakfast to prepare them for their lessons, but also provides emotional support. The £1,000 will allow for this work to continue in the face of budget cuts.

Another £1,000 will be given to Market Rasen Foyer, which provides accommodation for people aged 16-25, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The grant will provide essentials like toiletries, bedding, pots and pans for new residents.

Market Rasen and District Round Table is also giving £400 to Holton le Moor and Moortown First Responders, which will pay for training for a new member of the team and a new kit bag and equipment. As part of LIVES, Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Services, the first responders can provide lifesaving medical help while patients wait for an ambulance.

A further £300 is also on its way to Osgodby Primary School, whose pupils are working in partnership with The Forestry Commission and Children’s Links to ensure the conservation of Osgodby Woods.

The money could be used to ay for a chainsaw artist or a willow weaver.

Mr Fisher added: All 15 organisations who have applied are very worthwhile and our hearts went out to all, which is why we wanted to give £3,000 away instead of £1,000.

“We would like to give money to them all and we will keep the ideas of everyone who wrote in for the future.

“We still want more letters and we would welcome and encourage letters from community groups and organisations at any time of year.”