Trust plays Santa to award a £32k gift for village play area

DELIGHT: Lyn Braithwaite

DELIGHT: Lyn Braithwaite

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A village park has taken delivery of an early Christmas present in the shape of a £32,475 grant.

The Veolia Environment Trust has awarded the cash to the Friends of Freckleton Memorial Park towards a project to provide a play area in Naze Lane.

“We are delighted that we have been awarded this grant,” said Lyn Braithwaite, secretary of the Friends group.

“It brings us one step closer to going ahead with our project to provide the opportunity for local children and families of all ages and backgrounds, to enjoy free, fun, safe and healthy outdoor activities in their local area.”

The play equipment and games area will be suitable for use by children and young people of all ages, including people with disabilities. The grant is one of 27 that the Trust has handed out to community and environmental projects totalling more than £875,000.

The grants are awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund and, since 1999, the group has given more than £2.1m to 75 projects in Lancashire.

Paul Taylor, executive director of the Trust, said: “The Friends of Freckleton Park need to be congratulated on securing their grant in the face of stiff competition from a large number of other applicants.

“Their project to redevelop the park will make a real difference to the lives of people in Preston and we look forward to seeing work start.”