A seven-year-old girl from Immingham has raised more than £2,500 to help rebuild her local park after it was severely damaged in an arson attack earlier this year.

Elysia Shakespeare was really upset by the irreparable damage caused to the main climbing frame at Pilgrim Park, which was set ablaze by youngsters in an arson attack in April.

The park is one of Elysia’s favourite places to play and after the shocking attack she decided to try to help.

She organised a sponsored walk across the Humber Bridge and enlisted support from local post office staff to raise the sum, which has now been presented to the council.

The blazing fire at Pilgrim Park in April this year which destroyed the main climbing frame. | Screenshot: BBC Look North/BBC News hub

Lee Shakespeare, Elysia’s step-dad, speaking to Look North. | Screenshot: BBC Look North/BBC News Hub

Lee Shakespeare, Elysia’s step-dad, told BBC Look North that the council plan to replace some of the smaller apparatus first.

He said: “I’ve asked Elysia to jump online and come up with some drawings of ideas for what she actually wants to replace the old climbing frame area with.”

Elysia has suggested that she wants a “big” climbing frame, to start with.

Pilgrim park holds a special place in children’s hearts in Immingham, and it is hoped, with Elysia’s money, and other grants, the council will be able to make improvements for her, her friends and for subsequent generations.

Two tips in North East Lincolnshire have won a national award for excellence in waste management thanks to their unique ways of making recycling fun.

Grimsby and Immingham tips, both run by North East Lincolnshire Council’s waste contractor Newlincs Development, scooped the prize for Best Civic Amenity Site of the Year at the Excellence in Recyling and Waste Management awards ceremony in London.

Staff at the community recycling centres (CRCs) were rewarded for their efforts in raising thousands for good causes, as well as the clever seasonal makeovers they do at the sites to lift spirits.

The CRCs have become well-known for their Christmas and summer holiday junk modelling designs, and have even decided to go with a Platinum Jubilee theme – creating royal characters around the site.

Some of the royal-themed characters at the tip to mark the Platinum Jubilee. | Photo: North East Lincolnshire Council

The sites take in more than 1,100 tonnes of waste and recycling each month, with around 23,000 vehicles visiting Grimsby and Immingham tips each month.

Sharon Hunt, operations director at Newlincs Development Ltd, said: “I am so pleased that the site attendants hard work has been recognised at a national level.  It takes a lot of effort in creating all the different displays as well as running the site.

“I would also like to thank the residents of North East Lincolnshire who have donated so generously, particularly at Christmas time enabling us to support both local charities and other life-saving initiatives within North East Lincolnshire.”

The tips won at an awards ceremony in London this month. | Photo: North East Lincolnshire Council

It isn’t just decoration that sets these sites apart, as bikes and bric-a-brac are sold at Grimsby to raise money for charity, and last year 17 defibrillators were given to local groups.

Using items that were initially thrown away, staff also donated emergency bleed kits to 30 locations around North East Lincolnshire, in support of the Control the Bleed campaign.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for Environment and Transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Congratulations to the team at Grimsby and Immingham CRCs, winning this award is a fantastic achievement and a fitting reward for the work they put in.

“Anyone who has visited the tips recently will see the lengths they go to to make the site a fun place to recycle things you don’t need. There are also plenty of bargains on offer with their bike and bric-a-brac sales, with all the proceeds going to good causes.

“In March they won the Environmental Achievement category in the Civic Awards and now they’ve won the double by winning the Best Civic Amenity Site of the Year. Well done to all involved.”

Decorating the site is a regular occurrence for Grimsby and Immingham CRCs. | Photo: North East Lincolnshire Council

Both Grimsby CRC, on Estuary Way, and Immingham CRC, on Queens Road, are open every day from 8am to 6pm, apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the sites are open from 8am to 4pm.

Over £2,500 has been raised in memory of a much-loved Aldi worker from Grimsby who was “always the bit of sunshine in a shift” after he sadly died from cancer.

Luke Hanley, who worked at the Aldi stores in Immingham and Grimsby for six years, had initially been given the all clear from oesophageal cancer after an operation, but sadly it returned in the same area last spring and he was told it was incurable.

The 33-year-old didn’t let it dampen his spirits and continued to make people smile in his personal and work life before he sadly died on November 2, 2021.

Luke (left) with his dad Stephen, brother Teddy, mum Rachel, and sister Maisie.

Luke’s brother Teddy and sister Maisie, as well as his colleague Charlotte Searby, had tattoos done in his memory. And his colleague Rebecca Ashley is braving the shave as a tribute to her friend and to raise money for a charity of Luke’s family’s choice – donate to the fundraiser here.

Rebecca Ashley will have her hair chopped off by her partner inside the Aldi store in Immingham on Saturday, February 12, which is the day after Luke’s colleagues are taking part in a fancy dress day in the supermarket, with a raffle, cake sale, and more fundraising activities. The fancy dress will be themed around Harry Potter and Pokemon as these were two things Luke loved.

Luke’s brother Teddy, sister Maisie, and colleague Charlotte all had tattoos done in his memory.

Luke always looked out for other people and was very popular among his colleagues at Aldi in Immingham and Grimsby.

Rebecca, who worked with Luke for four years, told The Lincolnite: “He was very happy, funny, and easy to get on with. He was always willing to help you whenever you needed it and was a popular member of the team.

“I decided to brave the shave in his memory. It has taken me four years to get my hair the length it is, but I wanted to do something for Luke.

“I feel overwhelmed as I didn’t think we’d raise as much as we have and we have still got our fundraising days to go, it’s been absolutely amazing, as has the Immingham community and the way they’ve come together, and helped donate for the raffle. It shows how much loved a member of the store he was.”

Rebecca added that she has also bought a plaque to go on Luke’s locker as a tribute to her friend.

Rebecca Ashley worked with Luke at Aldi and will brave the shave for charity in his memory on February 12, 2022.

Charlotte Searby, who worked with Luke for three years, said: “He was a lovely person and so positive. You wouldn’t even know he was poorly unless you already knew as he was more interested in making sure other people were okay.

“You knew it would be a good shift if he was there. He was always the bit of sunshine in a shift and when he was working everyone was that little bit happier.

“We all look out for when each other is sad or unhappy and we try and work together to bring out the happy side while we are at work. We are like a family at the store and Luke would always notice if there was anything wrong and would always be there to help.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to the generosity of people who have been so touched by his story. We had a man come into the store who gave £50 in the bucket, and it shows how much Luke touched the whole community.”

Luke proudly holding his godson Freddie.

Andy Blyth and his fiancé Luke Hanley spent four years together.

Luke’s fiancé Andy Blyth described him as “the strongest person I ever met” in a tribute he issued to The Lincolnite.

He said: “With everything that happened, I was so proud of his determination and strength. He was always positive and carried on with his life despite the large amount of treatments he went through.

“He loved his family, nothing meant more to him than his family and his step children. He has left a huge void in our lives that cannot be replaced.

“But with our loss, we have seen some overwhelming support from family and friends, and especially everyone at Aldi. Both stores have shown both Luke and I unbelievable support from him being diagnosed, to the sad loss of Luke.

“It’s incredible that everyone at Immingham Aldi has done this for Luke’s memory. It just shows how much of an impact Luke made on everyone and how everyone at Immingham Aldi cared for him.”

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