THE campaign to upgrade a community’s play parks has been given a £25,000 boost.
Play Parks for Hayling (PP4H) was formed by residents, police and councillors after listening to schoolchildren on the island who said they were desperate for better play equipment.
Now the Southern Co-operative, which has a store on Elm Grove, has announced it will donate the huge amount over the next year through its community support scheme.
Around £100,000 is needed for Mengham Park – where it urgently needs upgrading – and campaigners will move on to upgrade other parks across the island as more money is raised.
Councillor Leah Turner, who is treasurer for PP4H, said: ‘We are excited and grateful to be the recipients of the money from this scheme run by The Southern Co-operative.
‘Our project is for the children of Hayling Island and it seems very apt that our local Southern Co-operative store is to support our endeavours.
‘We hope that Hayling residents will support the store and therefore our project to boost the funds that will be available to PP4H.
‘The money raised will be used for new and exciting play equipment in Mengham Park for the benefit of children of all ages and their families.’
And PC Debbie Surridge, one of the founders of the campaign, said: ‘We are overwhelmed by the fantastic support for this campaign.
‘The Southern Co-operative is very community minded and we have a great rapport with the store.’
Store manager Pete Raynor said the community support scheme doesn’t cost shoppers anything to support.
He added: ‘Play Parks for Hayling has really caught local people’s imagination and it’s a great investment for the Island.’ Local businesses have also been approached with requests for donations.
The organisers of the Hayling to Paris bike ride have also confirmed they will be asking riders to support the play parks’ fund next year.
‘It is hoped the first play park will be up and running by spring 2016 with other play parks to follow.’
Anyone who would like to donate should send a cheque only, made out to Play Parks for Hayling, and send it to 15 Nicholas Court, Green Lane, Hayling, PO11 0BQ.
Alternatively, please go to the playparksforhayling.co.uk website.