A group of parents campaigning to improve the play area on the Wellhead in Bourne have raised more than £65,000.
Bourne2Play was set up by several Bourne mothers who were unhappy with the state of the Wellhead play area.
They set themselves an initial target of £100,000, and soon got support from the Bourne community.
This month their campaign was boosted even further after a £10,000 donation from the Len Pick Trust, bringing the total to £66,500. They are now about half way to their revised target of £116,000.
Alongside the donations it’s been an exciting few weeks for Bourne2Play. The group finally achieved registered charity status, which it needed £5,000 in the bank to do.
And a 25-year lease for the Wellhead play area has been signed between Bourne United Charities and South Kesteven District Council. This means Bourne2Play can now approach businesses directly for funding.
The group has been working hard to consult with as many people as possible on the design for the new play area. They have settled on a fortress-style centrepiece, designed by ProLudic, which features a range of equipment for all abilities.
Following feedback on social media the design was amended to make the toddler sand play area larger with better equipment. And after consultation with the Little Miracles group, which supports families of children with additional needs, the park has been made more inclusive.
The next fundraising event will be a charity band night at Bourne Corn Exchange. Children of the Revolution will play from 8pm on January 30. Tickets are £15 in advance from Claire on 07815 958995 or Paula on 07568 369234, or £20 on the door.
Bourne2Play chairman Anna Rogers said: “All we need now is you, so get your nearest and dearest together for a brilliant atmosphere and a night to remember.”
Alongside the Len Pick Trust donation, South Kesteven District Council has pledged £39,759 of Section 106 money, paid by developers building in the town. Bourne Round Table has also donated £10,000, most of which came from Bourne Festival.
To get involved visit bourne2play.co.uk.