Fundraiser for new Sherburn children's play park reaches more than £11,000

A fundraiser for new children’s play equipment in Sherburn village has added £3,000 to its total from the proceeds of an Easter raffle from “determined” villagers, with more than £11,500 now raised for the project.

Villagers decided last year that Sherburn needed a new children’s play park to replace existing equipment. However, a target of £60,000 is required to fund the project, which has been hampered by the pandemic.

The new play park will include a wide range of new equipment for all ages and will also have an accessible roundabout and nest swing. The play park will also be moved to a safer location for children.

The fundraiser, which has just six months left to reach its goal, is a selected cause for the Co-Op Community Grant, meaning shoppers can select the project to donate funds.

Picture shows, from left, Evie, Logan, Ethan, Shaye, Bobby, Harry, Gracie and Matilda.

The organisers of the Sherburn Duck Race in May have offered to share the proceeds with the play park fundraiser and a sponsored skydive by Ashley Oldroyd will also share proceeds with the fundraiser and cricket club.

Multiple fundraising ideas are being discussed, with details to be released at a later date, and further grant opportunities are being explored.

“It may be a huge task that we are undertaking but we do not believe that you can put a price on our children,” said organiser Christine Fenwick.