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£37,000 raised to buy village play equipment

Alice King, Kate Hawkshead  and Hannah McGouran managed to raise �37,200 for the new play equipment.
Alice King, Kate Hawkshead and Hannah McGouran managed to raise �37,200 for the new play equipment.

A massive fundraising drive has led to new play equipment being purchased at a village in the Pocklington area.

Members of the community at Melbourne have raised £37,000 in just 18 months.

Residents had noticed that the equipment at the playing field needed replacing so the Playing Field Association formed a separate sub-group to try to bring in funds.

These fundraising events were mainly organised by Alice King, Hannah McGouran and Kate Hawkshead, who are all connected to the parish.

They kicked off their fundraising in 2015 with a children’s Halloween party in the village.

They then went on to host a number of fun and themed social events in the village.

The trio also held raffles in the village pub and a collection at a local gig, and were given £320 from children in the village who had raised money from their Lifestyle Project through school.

The group obtained a number of grants from national groups which included £12,000 from Tesco Bags for Help and £10,000 from The National Lottery Awards for All. Melbourne Parish Council donated £4,140 and donations were received from Scotts Pallets and Johnsons Haulage.

More £1,000 was also raised from local people through online crowd funding.

A spokesman said: “The team worked hard to make it an all inclusive play area.

“The group is now planning to raise money to build a footpath from the main road to the play area to improve pushchair and wheelchair access, and a picnic area for the new picnic tables.”