A community-led project to renew the play equipment in Whitmore Park is gathering momentum after three successful events and the launch of its fundraising page.

Image showing a photo of the Project Play Whitmore teamThe initial aim was to raise £100,000 for new play equipment. Following contributions of £75,000 from the Veolia Pitsea Marshes Maintenance Trust, £15,000 from Basildon Council and £3,400 from Basildon McDonalds a crowdfunding site has been set up to raise the final £7,300.

An event held at Whitmore Park last month including football, tennis and name the salamander raffle raised £62.42 towards the project.

A family event held at the Jolly Friar on 3 August raised £1,106 and this week a Quiz night at the pub in Whitmore Way raised a further £250

Councillor David Harrison Chairman of the Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee said: "The project team have done an excellent job so far raising the funds they have but now we need to take it up a level and encourage more donations so this park can reach its full potential for the local community to enjoy."

To donate to the Project Play Whitmore fund visit www.spacehive.com/playwhitmore



Published on Wednesday 21 August 2019