The Rotary Club is set to receive the pretigious Civic Award on April 27 at the Guildhall, in recognition of its efforts to raise over £100,000 for local charities with the Lincolnshire Sausage Festival.
The Civic Award, handed by the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor David Gratrick, has been given every year since 1996 to Lincoln people and organisations who have done something outstanding for their community.
The Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia started the Lincolnshire Sausage Festival in 2006, which attracted last year around 10,000 visitors. Another event the club organised was the Great Lincoln Santa Fun Run, which saw 1,500 people dressed as Santa running five kilometeres around the cathedral quarter in 2009.
Through these events, the Rotary Club managed to raise over £100,000 for local charities, such as Lincolnshire Air Ambulance, St Barnabas Hospital and St Andrews Children’s Hospice, as well as supporting Queen’s Park Special School, the Nomad Trust and Lincoln Women’s Refuge.
Also to receive Mayor Medals at the April 27th ceremony will be Sue Grace and Cassandra Jameson. Grace was nominated due to her commitment with the Birchwood and Hartsholme Country Park Advisory Groups, where she helped to secure funds and develop plans for the sites.
Jameson organises The Chocolate Ball, which has raised more than £10,000 for local charities, and was nominated as well. The ball is now in its fourth year. Jameson also raises money for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, from which she received care after a horse riding accident in 2009.