Carols to save charity

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A Christmas carol concert could be the last saving grace for a Skegness charity in desperate need of finances to prevent it from folding.

Alive and Kicking has appealed for the people of Skegness to support the event, held at St Matthew’s Church on Monday, December 17 from 6pm.

The charity provides 45 adults with learning difficulties with a chance to socialise and engage in the community but is in dire need of financial support after its minibus broke down, requiring at least £2,000 to get it back on the road.

Chairman Tina Mellors said: “Our members would suffer immensely if the charity was to fold - they would not be able to meet their friends, they would have no social life and it is likely that their mental health could worsen without our support.”

Alive and Kicking has been registered as a charity for the past 12 years and relies on fundraising and donations to sustain its annual running costs, which average between £10,000 and £14,000 a year.

Mrs Mellors has asked local people to show their support for the charity by attending the carol concert which will also feature mince pies and mulled wine. Those wishing to donate directly to the charity or arrange their own fundrasiers can contact her on 07900 275119.