In an unexpected series of events, a family in Lincolnshire had to scramble to recoup over £500 that their young son had distributed to his classmates at Pinchbeck East Primary School. The money had initially been set aside for his sister’s driving lessons.

Motivated by acts of generosity he saw on social media, the boy decided to take the money and share it with his friends at school. Thanks to the concerted efforts of the school, fellow students, and their parents, almost all the money has already been returned.

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March 17, 2023 4.30 pm This story is over 12 months old

A man has been charged and remanded in relation to four sex offences.

Stuart Minns, also known as Gabriel, aged 39, of Bacons Lane, Pinchbeck, was arrested after we received two separate sex offence reports.

One report was on Sunday 26 February between 6pm and 6.30pm at an arcade in Chapel St Leonards in which a man had grabbed a child and flashed himself to a group of children.

The second report was on Saturday 11 March in which a man had approached children in Chapel St Leonards.

Minns was later charged with the following:

  • Sexual Touching on a girl under 13
  • Exposure
  • Breach of SHPO
  • Commit an offence with intent of committing a relevant sexual offence

Minns appearared at magistrates’ court today, 17 March and has been remanded in custody to appear at Lincoln Crown Court next month.

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A 103-year-old woman from Pinchbeck in Lincolnshire could be the oldest fundraiser for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

Ena Maddison decided on her last birthday that the thing she wanted to do most of all was to go and see the bright yellow helicopter at the charity’s base in Bracebridge Heath, which she visited on a wintery morning on December 6, 2022.

Adorning her wall at home in Pinchbeck, Ena also has a certificate thanking her for her generous donation to the charity of £250, which was money raised from her Golden Wedding celebration.

Ena with Karen Jobling, CEO of Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. | Photo: LNAA

She said: “I didn’t realise how big the helicopter was. It was lovely and the pilot was so kind chatting to me. Thank you all for making this day such a special one.”

Karen Jobling, CEO of Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, said: “It was lovely to meet Ena at our recent supporter open day and be able to thank her for her generosity. As we receive no direct funding from the Government, we rely on fundraisers like Ena to support our work.

“Last year, it cost £8 million to keep our crews operational 24 hours of the day, seven days of the week, delivering pre-hospital emergency medicine to people across the counties of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Ena’s gift helps us to be by the patient’s side when they need it most.”

Staff at LNAA are now keen to find out if Ena is indeed their oldest fundraiser and are urging others to contact them via email at [email protected]

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