It’s looking up for Grantham competition winners

Pictured, from left, are Heavens Above competition winners Vic Heppenstall and Irene Goodge, with The Meltons Dawn Wright and Grantham Journal Childrens Fund chairman Roy Wright.
Pictured, from left, are Heavens Above competition winners Vic Heppenstall and Irene Goodge, with The Meltons Dawn Wright and Grantham Journal Childrens Fund chairman Roy Wright.
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Dozens of hopeful competition entrants have spent the last few weeks casting their eyes towards the sky to try and identify some of the town’s buildings and statues in the ‘Heavens Above’ challenge.

The Melton Building Society joined forces with the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund to raise money for the charity – which helps disabled children and their families living locally.

To be in with a chance of winning, participants had to identify 20 buildings and statues in the town centre from photos taken of a tiny section.

Irene Goodge, of Sidney Street, was one of three winners to get them all correct and scoop a £50 voucher to open a building society account at the branch. She said: “I love crosswords, quizzes and anything that makes me think, so this challenge was right up my street. I went out with two of my friends, so it was very much a group effort, although we didn’t do it all in one go. Some of the photos were quite difficult depending on their location. I’ve lived on Sidney Street for the majority of my life, so I’m very familiar with that side of town, but not with other areas, but it was great fun.”

Irene has donated her £50 winning prize to the RSPCA.

Vic Heppenstall, 84, is well known on the Grantham cricket scene after umpiring thousands of games. He is no stranger to the town’s buildings after working as a joiner for many years and even made the iron point on top of the Guildhall Arts Centre. He scooped one of the winning vouchers.

He said: “I’ve always had a keen local interest and I love to do anything to do with charity. This was abit different, so I thought I’d give it a go. I was a joiner and a shop fitter for many years, so I’ve actually worked in the majority of buildings featured in the competition, so I found it fairly straight forward. It took me a couple of weeks to complete. I’d take it with me every time I came into town and got into the habit of looking up at all the buildings.”

Branch manager Dawn Wright is pleased with the response to the challenge.

She said: “As a society, we like to get involved in lots of children’s charities. We choose a different cause or charity each year and decided to raise money for the Grantham Journal Children’s Fund this year.”

The competition was the idea of Roy Wright, who is chairman of the registered charity.

He said: “As well as the competition, we will be organising a lot more events throughout the year to raise even more money for the children’s fund.”