The people of Spilsby and Alford have shown that community spirit is alive and well as they go that extra mile to help a little boy in need and a charity that does so much to help children.
Shopkeeper Nirmal Singh was the first to respond to the plight of five-year-old Oscar Bigland who needed £2,000 for a new car seat to make journeys as comfortable as possible because he has spina bifida.
Mr Singh immediately dipped into his own pocket and offered £1,000 to Oscar’s family and the people of Alford clubbed together to ensure that this little member of their neighbourhood would get the rest needed to buy this fundamental piece of equipment that will add so much to his quality of life.
Oscar’s mum Emma, from Alford, said: “Mr Singh’s donation was a huge surprise and it has made so much difference to our family. We cannot thank him enough for his generosity.”
Spilsby Nisa store shopkeeper Mr Singh read about Oscar in The Standard and he was determined to help.
He said: “I do a lot for charity and I felt moved to help this little boy. I have kids myself so I know how I’d feel if it was one of mine.
“I thought that if he needed a car seat that cost £2,000, it seemed like a lot of money and I just wanted to help him.”
Caudwell Children arranged the appeal to help Oscar’s family raise the funds needed. The charity provides practical and emotional support both locally and across the UK to disabled children and their families.
Charity community and appeals fundraiser Stacey Smalley said:”Thanks to Mr Singh’s donation and the people of Alford, who are so supportive and wonderful, Oscar now has his car seat and the appeal brought in just under an extra £1,000 which will be used to help other children in the area.”