Playground to open after big fundraising campaign
CHILDREN in Tilton-on-the-Hill have a safe place to play thanks to the fundraising efforts of village mums.
The new playground next to the village hall in Tilton will be opened tomorrow (Friday) following a two-year fundraising campaign launched by parents keen to update the ageing equipment.
Activities over the last two years held to raise funds have included Christmas and spring fairs, family fun days, a Sing Song Supper, a Strawberries and Sangria Afternoon, antiques and produce shows and even a cheeky calendar featuring scantily-clad villagers.
The Tilton Village Hall Committee backed the initiative and the people of Tilton and Halstead gave generous support.
Donations were also received from local farmers, businesses while help also came from charitable trusts, the National Lottery and councils.
The official opening will be held from 3 to 4 pm in Tilton Village Hall.
Members of the Tilton-on-the-Hill Playground Appeal Group set up two years ago say they were amazed and delighted when support started to come in in many forms and from all directions.
Generous donations came from businesses such as Gates Garden Centre, Ragdale Hall, Stapleford Park, Twinlakes Park and Hambleton Hall.
Morrisons supermarket in Melton also allowed fundraisers to bag pack and raise much needed funds.
Some Tiltonians went the extra mile by raising money themselves while the village produce show identified the playground as one of their named charities. Others made generous donations.
Building on this sustained fundraising, the mothers began to attract monies from local trusts based in Leicestershire and adjacent counties.
The Florence Turner Trust, The JR Corah Foundation Fund, The Helen Jean Cope Charity, The Maud Elkington Trust and David E Laing were all quick to offer their support.
Major grants from the Lottery, Leicestershire County Council, Market Harborough District Council and the Cooperative Membership Community Fund brought the playground finally within reach.
Other supporters which made vital donations towards the end of the campaign included the Market Harborough Building Society’s Charitable Foundation, the Mars Foundation, the East Midlands’ Airport and the Market Harborough Rotarians.
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