There’s even more reason for one community group to celebrate this Christmas, after it raced past the half-way line towards its target of raising £20,000.
In just 16 weeks, the Grantham Disabled Children Society has raised £12,500 for its Disneyland Paris pot. The money will be spent on sending families with disabled children to the theme park in summer 2015.
Leading the fund-raising campaign is Micky Stokes and mother and daughter Kaz and Nic Smith, all trustees of GDCS.
Micky, 41, said: “To be where we are now is what we dreamed of. Now it’s a reality.”
Kaz, 48, added: “We had our fingers crossed for £10,000 by the end of the year, but we didn’t think we would get that.
“We want to say a big thank you to everyone that has supported us and helped us raise as much as we have.”
Many businesses and individuals have got behind the campaign, from Grantham Business Club and the Muddle Go Nowhere, to Community Books and local hotels and restaurants.
When asked if they are confident they will reach their £20,000 target, Micky replied: “Oh yeah!”
Kaz added: “We’re very confident. We’ve been run-down so we’ll both be taking a couple of weeks off over Christmas and then we’ll get going again.”
An upcoming fund-raiser they are keen to promote is a ball at the Urban Hotel in Grantham on March 21. Tickets are £45 and will go on sale after Christmas.
Meanwhile, the Apple Taap, in Westgate, is holding a quiz on January 14, and GDCS fund-raisers will set up a tombola in the Issac Newton Shopping Centre on January 31.
If you want to support GDCS and don’t want to wait to make a donation, you can donate a “festive pound” into an account set up by Yorkshire Bank. The account number is 50077050, sort code 05-04-42.
Micky said: “All the money donated will go towards our target to get those families with disabled children to Disneyland Paris.”