Newton has become such a celebrity in Grantham, he plans to add more streets to his tour next year so that he can bring Easter cheer to more families.
Grantham’s own Easter Bunny hopped on his specially decorated float on Saturday for the first of a four-day tour of Grantham. And he will end his week-long fund-raising bonanza tomorrow (Saturday) at the Isaac Newton Shopping Centre, where shoppers are invited to say hello and try their luck on a tombola. Until then, organisers will not know how much they have raised in total but said they are humbled by people’s generosity.
More than 40 volunteers, plus a number of little helpers, played a part in the fund-raiser, now in its third year, which was this year in support of the St Wulfram’s Church spire appeal as well as Huntingtower Primary School.
Tess Sheehy and Kristy Burks are parents of children at the school and the organisers of Newton’s tour.
Tess said: “A massive thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the egg sponsers and helpers but, most importantly, to the people of Grantham who are amazing and kind.
“I have been bowled over by the generosity and kindness of people and it’s been such a pleasure to see the smiles on everyone’s faces, young and old.”
The volunteers saw the excitement Newton creates more than ever this year and after several calls for him to visit their part of town, Tess and Kristy hope to expand the list for next year.
Tess said: “I think Newton is becoming a bit of an Easter icon and people were actually waiting out for him. One little lad went yelling up the road ‘he’s coming, he’s coming!’ It was so sweet.”
Michael Bensley, from Speedy Hire, drove the float every night. He said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to have been a part of such an iconic event for the community of Grantham.”
Headteacher Mark Anderson added: “We are very proud of our school and very proud of our Easter Bunny too. It’s been a great year this year, once again, and we are delighted to have been accepted by the community in such a warm way.”
Sponsored eggs were made by Viking Signs, free of charge.