Isle group celebrates major donation

Shelley Tune , second-left, presents a cheque for �11,667.50 to members of Pride of the Isle. Also pictured, from left, Jane Howden, Maxine Strong, Leesa Sharpe and Katie Sanderson

Shelley Tune , second-left, presents a cheque for �11,667.50 to members of Pride of the Isle. Also pictured, from left, Jane Howden, Maxine Strong, Leesa Sharpe and Katie Sanderson

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An Isle charity is celebrating an astonishing donation of over £11,000.

The Lex’s Legacy, Pride of the Isle group that supports local causes has received £11,667.50 from a children’s club that ran for over ten years in Epworth.

Chair of Pride of the Isle committee Leesa Sharpe said: “Words can not express how all the committee feel right now. What a difference this will make to so many more people! We as a charity are very honoured.”

The Kids’ C.A.P Club provided a safe and fun environment at Epworth Leisure Centre for children with disabilities. Former secretary Shelley Tune explained how children attended from a wide radius at first, but as other clubs opened, Epworth membership dwindled.

She said: “The club had raised over £11,000 and it was decided at a meeting to donate the cash to Pride of the Isle as a local, worthy cause.”

Pride of the Isle formed two years ago in memory of the late Alexander Strong of Epworth, who showed remarkable strength and spirit as he lost his young life to cancer.

An annual awards evening takes place each year in January to winners who have been nominated by members of the community.

The Pride of the Isle committee commits to helping causes or people in need with funds raised by functions such as an upcoming ‘Lex Fest with It’s a Knockout Competition’ in September, along with donations.

Funding has so far provided heating, sink and toilet facilities for Thurlow Pre-School installed for free by Paul Huntington, a donation to Haxey pavilion, a pallet of dog food to the Isle Rescue, a mirror to E.N.A Dance Academy, a trip to lego land for cancer sufferer Debs McNaughton and family, and an adapted trike for an Epworth youngster.

Money is also committed to a football kit for Crowle Colts, Westwoodside Village Hall, a mobility scooter for Pride of the Isle winner 2015 Kira Yates, and a trike to another tot in need.

Supporters were delighted to hear of the donation. Comments recorded on the Pride of the Isle facebook site included;

Karen Tuck - Wow! What a generous act and how super duper of them and for you all.

Katie Anderson - So excited at all the good we can do with this amount XXXX

Debs McNaughton That’s amazing and very generous xx