Lincoln paramedic Laura Scott pledges to help starving children in Kenya
A fundraiser has pledged to help starving children in Kenya until child poverty is a thing of the past.
Laura Scott, a paramedic from Lincoln, has raised more than £20,000 and visited the poverty-stricken country several times since her first visit in 2009.
After watching children die and suffer from terrible illnesses, Miss Scott, 29, vowed to do all she could to rid Kenya of its problems.
She has since helped to treat 5,000 Kenyans in a six-day medical camp, ensured piped water was installed in a school, helped to concrete a library floor and raised cash towards an ultrasound machine.
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Following years of fundraising, Miss Scott launched a new charity in November called Patchworking Against Poverty.
She is now urging people to donate money so new projects can get under way.
"I can see myself doing this for a very long while," said Miss Scott, who travels to Kenya again in August.
"I saw some horrible things on my first trip to Africa in 2009, things that will live with me for ever.
"I have everything in life that I need. These children have almost nothing and they need our help."
For further details about the charity, log on to www.patch workingagainstpoverty.org
A young girl from Sleaford is preparing to have her golden locks chopped for charity.
Seven-year-old Amy Saunby has been growing her hair for the last year with the intention of donating it to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs for cancer patients.
On Saturday, March 16, Amy will have ten inches cut off. In the run-up to the big day, she is also fundraising for Comic Relief.
Her mum, Stacey Roach, said: "It was my mum's idea at first, she saw this advert on the internet for the Little Princess Trust and Amy said 'I want to do that'.
"She now has ten inches to have cut off. She's excited and really looking forward to having it cut – with it being so long it has to be put up all the time.
"She's a caring little girl and she understands what it's all about."
Amy, who attends St Botolph's Church of England Primary School in Sleaford, has had the support of fellow pupils along with family and friends in trying to reach her fundraising target of £300. So far her online fundraising has reached £241, with more money pledged at her school.
Miss Roach, said: "She's amazed at how much money she's raised.
"I'd like to thank everyone who has helped, including my sister Lisa Robbins and Sainsbury's in Sleaford."
An afternoon fundraiser has been organised to take place at Darmons Bar in Sleaford on March 16 from 2pm which will include a raffle, face painting and cake stalls – in addition to Amy's hair cut.
To help Amy reach her fundraising target, visit http://my.red noseday.com/spon sor/wigs4cancerpatients
Football crazy staff at Lincoln's Royal Mail will compete in a 24-hour football marathon over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
The team is challenging other sides from across Lincolnshire to go toe to toe with them in a round-robin style event in the name of charity.
Once one set of opponents have finished their game, the postmen will have to continue against the next side.
The event will take place at Sincil Bank Stadium – the home of Lincoln City Football Club – and starts at 6pm on Saturday, May 4. They will begin by playing an 11-a-side match against a Lincoln City XI.
The team will play 11-a-side fixtures until 11pm. Thereafter, six-a-side games will take place.
From 8am on the Sunday, the side will return to playing 11-a-side games until 6pm.
The postmen will have 25 in their squad.
If you would like to enter a team to challenge the fundraisers, call Billy Swain on 07707 233929.
A keen fundraiser is holding a bake sale at RAF Waddington on Saturday.
Money raised will go to Scotty's Little Soldiers – a charity that supports the children of men and women killed while serving in the British Armed Forces.
Louise Husband, 36, from Lincoln, said: "My husband is ex-military and the charity is very close to my heart.
"We will be selling all sorts of baked goods and hopefully we can raise some money for the charity."
The event takes place between 2 and 4pm.
If you wish to donate baked goods, contact Mrs Husband on 07707 451431.