Charity trio enjoy £2,300 boost

Pine Trees Leisure has presented cheques to the St Andrews Hospice (�1,300), Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (�500) and RNLI (�500). Pictured is the handover. Photo by John Crossland.
Pine Trees Leisure has presented cheques to the St Andrews Hospice (�1,300), Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (�500) and RNLI (�500). Pictured is the handover. Photo by John Crossland.

Three worthy charities have benefitted from significant cash donations raised by residents of a Croft Bank caravan and leisure park.

Each year, patrons of the Pine Trees Leisure Park get together to raise as much money as possible for good causes.

This year the close-knit site raised £1,300 for St Andrew’s Hospice, which helps patients suffering from life-limiting illnesses and those in need of special care.

Residents and staff also raised £500 for the RNLI crew which will go into the pot for the new lifeboat, expected to go into service in 2016, and help towards the running of the service.

John Irving Coxwain at Skegness RNLI, said: “The RNLI and crew are so grateful for all the hard work that goes into raising the money and it will go towards running the station. A big thanks must go to the staff management and residents.”

To top that, another £500 was presented to Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance which supports the local services in emergency situations.

All the cheques were presented at a special night held at the site recently which marks nearly the end of the season for the owners.

“It was a really good effort, I’m really proud of the continuing hard work the caravan owners put into raising for these important charities,” said Jim Dodsworth, owner of the Pine Trees Leisure Park.

The money was raised by holding a charity fishing match between the residents on site, running bingo sessions and other activities.

“It’s a good amount, despite times being hard. We’ve raised every year for different charities and the people on the site, really are marvellous people. They come together not only for charity but each other; it’s like a family here,” added Jim.

Pine Trees Leisure Park has also generously donated to The Butterfly Hospice in recent years and many other worthy causes.

“We all do it every year and I’m very proud of all the people that have helped to raise all this money,” explained Jim.

For further details regarding Pine Trees Leisure Park visit www.pinetreesholidays.co.uk