Accessible roundabout will mark final phase of seven-year playground project
PUBLISHED: 16:50 26 November 2019 | UPDATED: 17:26 26 November 2019
An £8,300 roundabout accessible to children with disabilities will mark the final phase of a seven-year project to transform a run-down, outdated north Norfolk playground.
Since being set up by a small group of parents in 2012, Sheringham Playpark Revamp Group has raised more than £45,000 for new equipment, improving a junior play area by adding picnic tables and a new slide and installing a bucket swing, a basket ball hoop, a giant rope swing, a rocket climbing frame, picnic tables and new football goals in the main playground.
As well as benefiting from grants from organisations ranging from Sheringham Carnival Association, to the annual Crab and Lobster Festival, the scheme has received donations from groups and individuals including Blyth and Wright hardware store and the Crown pub, which handed over more than £1,800 raised at a weekly quiz night.
Committee members have also organised fundraising events from cake sales, to fun days, as well as teaming up with Ladybird Pre-school Nursery to host an annual Easter bonnet parade and taking part in town events including the annual carnival raft race and New Year's Day dip.
Group founder member Emma White, who is a quality assurance manager for a North Walsham-based computer software company, said the revamp scheme had been a community affair, with dozens of local individuals and businesses offering their help.
"Because North Norfolk District Council owns the land, it has been difficult for us to apply for grants," the mum-of-two explained. "But we have had some amazing people on the committee over the years and the support we have had has been fantastic."
Funding for the Revamp Group's final project - an inclusion roundabout with handrails, seating and space for a wheelchair - has reached £5,300 and committee members are hopeful of securing grants to cover the remaining £3,000 needed for safety surfacing.
Mrs White said: "We have tried to make sure the other new equipment has been accessible to children who are less able, but this will be the first thing the playground has had which can actually accommodate a wheelchair, which is really exciting."
To find out more about appeal, visit the Sheringham Playpark Revamp Group Facebook page.