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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Playground group celebrate success

A CAMPAIGN to build a new playground in Lindale is a third of the way towards its fundraising target.

A group of parents set up a committee to raise around £25,000 for a new playground after Lindale’s 30-year-old community playground was dismantled last year.

The group was set up in February and has already raised over £7,000. Members hope to begin installing the first phase of the new play area by July.

Tom Holman, a father of two young children, was one of the group of parents who decided to take village regeneration into their own hands.

Mr Holman, of Sheep Barrow Close, Lindale, said: “We’ve received a lot of donations and we’ve been doing a lot of fundraising. We got a big chunk from Allithwaite Upper Parish Council and South Lakeland District Council.

“We’ll be installing the playground ourselves, one of the group members is a builder who says we can do it on our own.”

The site of the new playground is owned by the parish council, which has given permission for the old equipment to be completely removed and replaced.

The first phase of the project, to include swings, a scrambling net and stilts, will be delivered in July from Haverthwaite-based manufacturers, Playdale.

Mr Holman said: “We’re really grateful for everyone’s support and help in raising the money. Obviously, we’ve got the two other phases to find funding for but we’re confident we’ll achieve our target.”

The group’s last fundraising event, an Easter treasure hunt, raised around £200.

Other donations have come from Furness Building Society, Cumbria County Council’s Cartmel and Allithwaite neighbourhood forum and South Lakeland District Council’s local area partnership.

The playground committee will now chase up grant requests from the Co-op Trust and the Big Lottery.

Mr Holman, secretary of the group, said: “If anyone is able to offer us any help, they can ring me on 015395 35978.

“We’re always looking for new volunteers and we have collecting boxes in a lot of local shops and pubs.”

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