Families smash crowdfunding target for local park!

Monday, November 26, 2018


“WE’VE DONE IT!” was the cheer from children and their families, as they smashed a crowd-funding target to revamp their local playground. 

Their sponsored walks, pledges, and fundraising activities have raised the £18,523 needed to upgrade the popular Ashingdon Memorial Playground – with more donations still coming in.

The campaign was supported by Ashingdon Parish Council and Rochford District Council who each provided £5,000 towards the total, with a further £5,316 from Essex County Council. 

The park, at King George’s Field, has recently had the play area extended with some new equipment for older children (which was opened earlier this month). The new funding means the existing playground can also be revitalised with equipment for younger children to enjoy. 

Vice Chairman of Ashingdon Parish Council, Cllr David Catchpole said: ''I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to all those who pledged to this crowd funding project it is a fantastic result. We have worked closely with our partners at RDC and ECC Local Connections Fund to achieve this. I would like to make a special mention to all the staff and parents at the Ashingdon Pre-School who raised almost £2,000 from a sponsored walk. Ashingdon Parish Council are working hard to improve this park which is used by so many local children and this has helped us in that endeavour.''

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Cllr Arthur Williams, said: “It is evident that people living in Ashingdon are deeply proud of their village and there is a thriving community spirit, with children and their families prepared to put in hours of hard work to fundraise for their local playground. 
“I would like to congratulate them on their efforts as they have managed to achieve this feat in just two months, with pledges still coming in, and it is thanks to them that we will have a playground which will truly stimulate and challenge local children for years to come.”

Rochford District Council will now be adding a further £5,000 to the project, to enhance the equipment provided.