Monday, 5.30pm - A FATHER and Dr Who fan has begun an ambitious project to build a full-size Tardis to raise money for a Grantham school.
Monday, 5.30pm - A FATHER and Dr Who fan has begun an ambitious project to build a full-size Tardis to raise money for a Grantham school.Billy Halstead is a full-time carer for his six-year-old daughter, Jodie, who has down's syndrome. Jodie is due to attend Sandon school from January and Billy hopes to say thank you to the school by raising money by building his own iconic Doctor Who time machine.
Billy, of Medway Avenue, off Aire Road, said: "I've built a Dalek and an R2D2 in the past but I've always wanted to try and build a Tardis and hopefully I can make some money for charity as well.
"I'm a full-time carer for Jodie and she often has to go to the hospital for operations and things so doing this kind of project should help take my mind off it.
"I'm hoping when she sees it she will recognise it and If I can raise any money it will be for something which will help her so I'll know in my heart of hearts that she will benefit."
Billy started his project by drawing up detailed plans of how to put it together. He then set about gathering wood and was given a big boost when Jacksons of Grantham agreed to provide the wood free of charge.
Billy thinks the project will take around eight weeks to complete. When it is finished, the iconic Dr Who time machine will stand around 10 feet high.
Billy said: "It's already coming along really well- my wife is going to go out and get me some blue fence paint this week.
"Two months is quite quick but with a bit of luck I might even get it finished a little sooner."
Billy plans to display the Tardis somewhere in town where people can pay a pound to have their picture taken with it, with the money raised going to a good cause.
He said: "It's exciting, really exciting. I love Dr Who so it's a great project for me. The programme is so popular at the moment so I'm hoping people will support me.
"If it's a success I could even take it to other areas of Lincolnshire and I could auction it away to raise a little more."
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