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A man from Sleaford will be attempting nine triathlons in nine days for Macmillan, after losing his mum to ovarian cancer.

Nigel Johnson, 47, is an RAF Cranwell pilot and flying instructor, and wants to run, swim and cycle 900 miles from June 10 to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

With the help of his two friends, Nigel will be visiting some of Lincolnshire’s most iconic buildings and areas on the journey.

These include Lincoln Cathedral, Humber Bridge, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the International Bomber Command Centre.

Nigel’s ambitious fundraising target of £29,000 will help fund one Macmillan nurse for a thousand hours of work, and it isn’t the first time he has raised money for the cancer support charity.

He and his family raised £11,500 after losing his mum Julie to ovarian cancer, by way of thanking the Macmillan nurse who cared for her at the end of her life.

Nigel has been raising money for Macmillan for a few years now.

Nigel said: “My mum’s Macmillan nurse just was a great support, not only to my mum, but to my family, making a truly difficult time just a little more bearable.”

The pilot started fundraising for the charity in 2016 when he ran a 10k, but his desire to raise money for Macmillan has snowballed from there.

Nigel has since completed Ironman Wales and various half marathons, and said he wants his fundraising activities to keep getting “bigger and better”, hence the triathlon.

He has already raised £13,281 at the time of reporting, and you can donate to Nigel’s cause on his JustGiving page.

Jamie Davenport, Macmillan Fundraising Manager in Lincolnshire, says: “There are over 27,000 people living with and beyond cancer in Lincolnshire and this number is set to double by 2030.

“Macmillan relies almost entirely on public donations and cannot be
there for the growing number of people with cancer without people like Nigel.

“His commitment and passion for fundraising for Macmillan will enable us to do whatever it takes to ensure people affected by cancer in Lincolnshire can access the vital cancer support that they need.”

A four-bedroom chapel conversion has been put on the market for just £400,000, but has all the features of a million-pound home.

The Chapel House, on Walcott High Street, was listed by Savills on May 13 for a very reasonable price of £400,000.

For that asking price, you will get a stunning converted chapel house, complete with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a cinema room and even an outside garden bar/kitchen area.

The property, originally built in 1869, has been converted into a modern home which can entertain all your friends no matter the weather.

This is what The Chapel House looks like inside:

The entrance hall is very grand and striking. | Photo: Savills Lincoln

The open and expansive dining/drawing room. | Photo: Savills Lincoln

How about your own mini-cinema room?! | Photo: Savills Lincoln

A stylish double aspect kitchen breakfast room with exposed beams on a vaulted ceiling. | Photo: Savills Lincoln

The garden bar is perfect for entertaining guests. | Photo: Savills Lincoln

It can even moonlight as an outdoor kitchen. | Photo: Savills Lincoln

When the sun is shining, surely it can’t get much better? | Photo: Savills Lincoln

And when it isn’t shining, don’t worry, you can just close the shutters. | Photo: Savills Lincoln

The master bedroom has a dressing room and ensuite. | Photo: Savills Lincoln

Tiled bathroom with shower and bathtub. | Photo: Savills Lincoln

A 46-year-old man has been jailed for over three years after causing the death of a woman in her 70s on the A17 while driving twice over the alcohol limit.

Just after 10.20am on Sunday, November 15, Norbert Tarasinski lost control of his black Audi A6 as he was driving along the A17 towards the Holdingham roundabout.

He crossed from the main carriageway into a lay-by and crashed into the parked grey Toyota Aygo, which belonged to 79-year-old Iris Mellor.

Iris Elizabeth Mellor sadly died after a crash in Sleaford. | Photo: Lincolnshire Police

Iris, from Helpringham near Sleaford, had pulled her car over into the lay-by after noticing a crack in her windscreen, and was waiting for assistance when the Audi crashed into her.

She tragically died of her injuries the day after being taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, while her granddaughter, in her 20s, suffered minor physical injuries from the passenger seat.

Tarasinski, of no fixed abode, provided a positive breath test at the scene of the collision, as well as giving a blood sample while he was at the hospital.

His blood sample found him to be over double the legal limit, showing 181 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

The 46-year-old appeared before Lincoln Crown Court on April 12, where he pleading guilty to causing death by undue care while over the legal prescribed alcohol limit.

On Tuesday, May 18 he was sentenced to three years and four months in prison, as well as being disqualified from driving for three years and must pass an extended driving test.

Tarasinski will also have to pay a victim surcharge of £190.

Detective Sergeant Luke Wells of Lincolnshire Police said: “Tarasinski was significantly over the drink drive limit and his actions have led to the death of Iris, a lady in her 70s.

“Tarasinski had been drinking the previous evening and into the early hours of the morning, having then had very little sleep. He will have time in prison to think about his actions.

“Our thoughts our with the family of Iris and we send our condolences to them.

“I have a very clear message, don’t drive if you have consumed alcohol or taken any form of illegal substance; it’s that simple. Don’t be responsible for someone else death.”

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