THE Easter Bunny will soon be meeting and greeting Grantham’s youngsters.
Like Santa does in his sleigh every year, Newton the Easter Bunny will hop into his Easter egg chair aboard a flat-bed lorry and travel the streets of Grantham.
With him on his travels, between March 29 and April 1, will be volunteers asking for donations towards the refurbishment of the community hall at Huntingtower Primary School, as well as for Grantham Hospice and the Kingfisher children’s ward at Grantham Hospital.
The school’s PTFA are behind the fund-raiser, with friends and parents Tess Sheehy, Sue Cross and Kristy Burks leading the way.
The initial reason for the fund-raising was to come up with the £20,000 needed to refurbish the school’s hall, the only part of the school untouched by the recent extensive works.
Although the hall is for the whole community to use, they decided to raise money for charities as well to encourage the whole of Grantham to get behind them.
Sue, 51, said: “The hall isn’t just for use by the school, it’s for the whole community to use.”
Tess, 41, added: “We are not a school that wants to take take take, we want to put something back into the community.”
The trio has dozens of ideas to raise the funds, and Newton the Easter Bunny is the big one.
Tess said: “We want Newton to become a Grantham icon and something nice for the children of Grantham.
“There’s too much focus on the lack of jobs or industry in Grantham. I want to give a little bit of fun back.”
Kristy, 33, added: “Easter is forgotten nowadays. This is a way of making a big thing out of Easter.”
They hope to use Newton to raise money for other charities and good causes in future years.
To help with fund-raising, call the school on 01476 564291.