A fundraising effort to help a young boy from Lincoln with a terminal illness tick off his bucket list raised close to £2,000 thanks to a charity truck pull and raffle.

Local strongmen Dave Johnson and Craig Collins, who often complete feats of strength for charity, hosted a truck pull on Saturday, October 16.

It was in aid of Joshua Bilton, 21, whom The Lincolnite wrote about in September, after his family organised a fundraiser to help him tick off a bucket list of activities, as doctors were unable to prevent the heart issues he suffered from Williams syndrome.

Joshua with his mother Heather.

His condition affects growth, causes mental deficiencies and can be associated with heart defects, and after years of tests and diagnoses, Joshua’s family have been told his condition is terminal.

Joshua was given two years to live in September, and since then has been experiencing amazing things since then to fill the remainder of his life with memories.

A huge tick on Joshua’s bucket list as he got to meet one of his favourite wrestlers at a WWE show in London.

He went to the O2 in London to watch WWE live and met some of his favourite wrestlers, and is now hoping for a holiday to Disneyland and a Zoom chat with his favourite band, Slipknot.

To help with the fundraising effort, Dave Johnson and Craig Collins hosted a truck pull in Lincoln over the weekend, allowing people to raise money for a good cause while testing their strength.

26 competitors took on the truck pull to help raise money for Joshua.

The event saw Dave himself take on a 27 tonne truck pull, along with 25 others competing such as Dave Thornton and double Guinness World Record holder Mark Anglesea, and it raised £1,270 for the cause. You can still donate here.

As for Craig’s raffle, that raised £700, meaning the total amount gathered from the event was £1,970.

Dave and a few of his friends painted their faces in honour of Damian Buckle, a friend of theirs who died in a crash on the A46 earlier in 2021.

The truck pull was also in memory of Damian Buckle, a close friend of Dave‘s who died in a crash on the A46 in August this year.

Dave Johnson said: “Thank you to Flying Hire for allowing us to do the event, to Dave Thornton and Mark Anglesea for the help and support, to Craig Collins for his hard work and everyone who competed.

“Hopefully it can help Joshua fulfil his bucket list.”

A Lincolnshire Police officer who jumped into a 12-foot deep ditch of freezing cold water to save a man from drowning has been nominated for a Police Bravery Award.

Dave Anthony was bleeding and trapped inside an overturned vehicle in Cherry Holt Lane in Pinchbeck on December 7 last year. His vehicle had veered off an icy stretch of road and ended up upside down in a ditch.

Mr Anthony managed to call 999 and tell the operator that he was in a lot of pain, and that his car was filling with water.

PC Phil McAllister, who was working alone, arrived first on the scene. He spotted the car through the pitch black, foggy night and entered the dyke, not knowing how deep the icy water was.

He managed to smash a window and get inside the car, where he supported the man’s head above the water line until he could free him and remove him from the car. Mr Anthony was then given first aid by paramedics.

Mr Anthony previously said: “I’d like to say a very, very big thank you and that my family and I appreciate everyone’s efforts.

“I would have been a goner if PC Mcallister hadn’t jumped in to get me out. He was brilliant and I think he deserves a commendation for what he did.

“If it wasn’t for him, and the emergency services, I would’ve been underwater and you would’ve had a fatality instead of just a soaking wet, freezing cold bloke. Thank you.”

PC McAllister has since been nominated to win an award at the 26th national Police Bravery Awards, which are sponsored by Police Mutual, in London on December 9.

The awards are held by the Police Federation of England and Wales to honour and recognise officers who performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty.

Helen Stamp, Deputy Chair of Lincolnshire Police Federation, said: “The courage and professionalism shown by PC McAllister went above and beyond the normal call of duty. He showed exceptional bravery, and thoroughly deserves to be nominated for this award. Thank you PC McAllister for your dedication to helping to keep the public safe.”

Kerry McMahon-White, Head of Partnerships at Police Mutual, said: “Police Mutual is very proud to again be supporting the Police Bravery Awards. To each nominee, your achievements are extraordinary.

“We are humbled by your outstanding demonstrations of courage and commitment to protecting public safety in the most difficult of circumstances. At Police Mutual, my colleagues and I are deeply honoured to be able to show our appreciation for your bravery.”

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice issued an appeal for donations of winter clothes to its multiple charity shops across the county ahead of the upcoming colder months.

The charity is calling for donations at its Lincoln High Street stores near the railway crossing and at the bottom of Steep Hill, as well as at the Nettleham Fields branch near Asda.

Donation calls have also been made for the Skegness and Boston stores, too, as St Barnabas urgently tries to gather items to sell in its charity shops for the winter season.

Items can be donated at the charity shops themselves, at a limit of a maximum of three bags or boxes, and you can also book furniture collections online.

Head of Retail at St Barnabas, Caroline Peach, said: “We’re really looking for quality winter clothing at the moment, people are looking for bargains when it comes to clothing and accessories such as shoes and handbags too.

“We’re after quality, rather than quantity. Our clothes always sell really well, so the better condition something is in, the better.

“Both of our Lincoln High Street shops need donations as do other shops such as Skegness, Boston and our Lincoln Nettleham Fields shop.

“We are asking people to phone ahead before they donate if possible as we tend to be limited on space at times.

“If you can donate just a few items at a time, but often, that really helps with our stock levels and our ability to take in your amazing items. We are truly grateful to everyone who donates.”

For enquiries about donations, either call 01522 559500 or email [email protected].

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