Walesby mums appeal for new children’s play park

NMAC11-2372-2''Walesby landlord John Wake, runs through a line of cheering village children as he practices for his Great North Run.

NMAC11-2372-2''Walesby landlord John Wake, runs through a line of cheering village children as he practices for his Great North Run.

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A GROUP of Walesby mums are appealing for help to raise money for a new children’s play park.

Currently youngsters have only two old goal posts on overgrown land where the old park used to be.

Walesby Pocket Park Regeneration (WPPR) group has so far raised £4,000 but needs between £50-60,000 to pay for the equipment on the site, off Manor Road and New Hill.

Group chairman Louise Hurt said children were unable to play at the goal posts because there were too many weeds.

“They are having to play on the streets and need somewhere to go but the nearest parks are in Retford or Tuxford,” she said.

“We want to make this an area that families can enjoy as well as children. If we do get it up and running we still have to maintain it and keep people involved. We are seeing it as a way of bringing the community together.”

Louise, a mother-of-two, is appealing for local companies to make a donation or buy a some equipment for the park. People can also help out by holding raffles or sponsored events

“We have asked the children at Walesby Primary School to help design a logo for when we open it,” she said.

“We had a gala for the Royal Wedding which raised nearly £2,000 and a fashion show for the ladies night. The gala was an amazing turn out and the support we have had has been great.”

The group is currently applying to the big lottery fund and has received a £1,000 donation from Newark & Sherwood District Council.

John Wake, landlord of the Red Lion pub in the village, is doing his bit for the appeal by taking part in the Great North Run on Sunday. The father-of-two plans to give half his sponsorship to the Walesby group and half to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Said John: “I do a lot of running anyway and it’s the third time I have done it. The day is absolutely fabulous. When you are standing among 54,000 people on Newcastle dual carriageway the support you get from them at the start is brilliant.”

If you would like to help raise funds for the park contact Louise on 07936 161975.