Your article: Playground appeal reaches completion

David Burdsey (front right), his partner Liz Sharp, chairman of the trustees at Burnby Hall Gardens Richard Haynes (back right) and estate manager Ian Murphy with the rope swing.
David Burdsey (front right), his partner Liz Sharp, chairman of the trustees at Burnby Hall Gardens Richard Haynes (back right) and estate manager Ian Murphy with the rope swing.

The Burnby Hall Gardens Golden Jubilee childrens playground appeal has reached completion with the installation of the final piece of play equipment.

A final donation of £10,000 from local resident David Burdsey has ensured that the last piece of equipment, a rope swing called the Viper, has been bought and erected in the Gardens in advance of the 2015 season.

Following a successful appeal to raise funds towards extending the existing playground in the Gardens during 2014, several benefactors, public donations and a raffle were successful in raising much of the necessary funding. Mr Burdsey said: “My mother’s will left a sum of money for my sister and myself to donate to charities of our choice.

“One of the charities of my choosing is Burnby Hall Gardens, and with my donation, they have been able to acquire the rope swing for the children’s play area. My mother spent many happy hours in the Gardens at Burnby Hall and I am happy to be associated with this charity.” Burnby Hall Gardens estate manager, Ian Murphy, said: “We’re really grateful to everyone who has contributed to the playground appeal over the past twelve months.

“We have had several substantial donations from kind local benefactors, and the public responded really positively to our raffle in 2014. Mr Burdsey’s very generous donation has meant that our playground will be fully complete and ready for the summer and for future generations to enjoy.”