Ann Widdecombe thrills Petwood guests and offers charity support

L-R Sara Vaugan Home-Start UK Dircator of network services, Jane Berni Senior Co-ordinator East Lindsey Home-Start, Ann Widdecombe, Fiona Griffin Community Liaison Co-ordinator and Tony Horne Chair of Trustees East Lindsey Home-Start EMN-140926-104303001
L-R Sara Vaugan Home-Start UK Dircator of network services, Jane Berni Senior Co-ordinator East Lindsey Home-Start, Ann Widdecombe, Fiona Griffin Community Liaison Co-ordinator and Tony Horne Chair of Trustees East Lindsey Home-Start EMN-140926-104303001
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Former MP and Strictly Come Dancing celebrity Ann Widdecombe visited Woodhall Spa this week to support a local charity and help raise funds.

The one time Home Office minister entertained 150 guests with anecdotes from her life and career when she was guest speaker at a charity lunch held at the Petwood Hotel in aid of Home-Start East Lindsey.

The charity’s community liaison co-ordinator Fiona Griffin said: “Ann kindly donated her time for this cause reflecting during her talk on how the charity, which helps local families with young children, benefits society.”

Ms Widdecombe took time to circulate and chat at each of the 15 tables. She also held a book signing and donated 25% of the sales to Home-Start.

She took questions from the floor and covered everything from the fate of her Strictly Come Dancing outfits to the UK’s relationship with Europe, her writing habits, competition with Edwina Currie’s diaries, Scottish devolution, her expectations for Boris Johnson and observations on Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

Sarah Vaughan, of Home-Start UK, travelled from Swansea for the event and explained how the charity worked. She emphasised the need for it alongside social services and other family support agencies.

There was then a raffle and Ann won one of the prizes.

Fiona Griffin said: “We are so grateful to Ann and our guests for the all the money they have helped raise for Home-Start East Lindsey. The charity does a terrific job supporting local families with young children who are struggling. It is unique in the way it works. The charity is always looking for more volunteers. Anyone interested should telephone 01507 610665 or check out the website at www.home-starteastlindsey.org.uk”