TO give their fundraising efforts a big boost, a group of Sleaford runners held a party full of ‘community spirit’ over the weekend.
Going by the collective name Baker’s Dozen, Tracy and Chris Armond, Tracy’s brother Reg Baker, Andy Trollope, Stuart Barnshaw, Vanessa Gray, Lucie Thornton, Andy Costa, Des McCauley, Tony McCauley, Kate Cook, Andy Savil and Alan Staines will once again be taking part in the Great North Run, raising money for Kidney Research UK.
They held a street party and barbecue on Saturday afternoon at Taunton Close, with a raffle, cake stall, candy stall, inflatable jousting game and a junior inflatable assault course. Music for the event was provided by DJ Austin Scarfe.
One of the main fundraisers on the day was an auction, with prizes donated by local people and businesses, including a bicycle from Riverside Cycles in Sleaford, a Notts County FC football shirt and a barbecue from Four Seasons garden centre. The street party raised £2,500.
Tracy said: “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us, without them the event would not have been the success that it was.
“I had a Facebook comment which said there was a fantastic community spirit on the day and that we did an amazing job, which was lovely.”
Baker’s Dozen will be among the thousands of runners taking on the Great North Run on Sunday, a challenging half-marathon from Newcastle to South Shields. To donate to the Baker’s Dozen appeal, visit their JustGiving site at www.kidneyresearchukevents.org/sleafordstreetparty