Councillor’s £20,000 boost for bombers and barkers

Coun Gill Ogden presents a cheque to Tony Worth of the International Bomber Command Memorial Trust.
Coun Gill Ogden presents a cheque to Tony Worth of the International Bomber Command Memorial Trust.

A record £20,000 raised by the district council’s immediate past chairman has been donated to two good causes.

Throughout her civic year Coun Gill Ogden was a passionate advocate of the International Bomber Command Centre taking shape in North Kesteven and also Canine Partners - a charity providing assistance dogs to disabled people.

Coun Gill Ogden with Pauline Shepherd from Canine Partners

Coun Gill Ogden with Pauline Shepherd from Canine Partners

At the end of her year she accrued £19,400 which was significantly higher than usual, through the generosity of the F&PC Scotto Charitable Trust which put £16,600 into the fund.

In total the Bomber Command Centre received £11,400 and £8,000 went to Canine Partners.

Coun Ogden said: “I have been pleased to support these wonderful causes and through the generosity of the F&PC Scotto Trust I have achieved more than I could have ever dreamed of.”

Highlights of her civic year included talking to veterans of Bomber Command and she was moved to tears seeing and hearing about the work of the dogs which Canine Partners provides – including four in Lincolnshire and one in her home village of Heckington. This donation has paid for the training of a Labrador puppy to answer telephones, worki and empty washing machines and raise alarms in emergencies.

A dog from Canine Partners went along to the cheque presentation.

A dog from Canine Partners went along to the cheque presentation.

“This fantastic donation will really transform the lives of disabled people. It helps us to maintain our 340 current active partnerships, four of which are in Lincolnshire, and to develop 84 new ones through 2016,” said Canine Partners representative Pauline Shepherd who attended the Annual Council meeting with dog Blythe.

Accepting the Bomber Command Centre’s donation, trustee Tony Worth said it would contribute towards the outstanding sum required to build the Chadwick Centre on site within the coming year.

“We are enormously grateful for the support we have had from this Council and continue to receive. The Centre will be a wholly international concern on North Kesteven land and I will be pleased to see this money raised within NK contribute towards that,” he said.

There is an aim to open the centre in late June 2017.

Both charities were chosen by Coun Ogden as causes very close to her heart – being a lover of dogs herself and fully appreciating the love, joy and companionship they bring; and her father helped to build Lancasters at the Avro works in Manchester during World War Two.

New chairman Coun John Money will braising funds for St Barnabas Lincoln.