SHOREHAM Port has answered an appeal for cash to fund a new play park in Southwick with a donation of £2,500.
Thanks to an article in the Herald, the port agreed to hand over a the sum to help get the best play equipment for the town’s children.
“Thanks to the recent article on Southwick Green Community Team’s play park scheme, Shoreham Port has answered our plea,” said organiser Fiona Dunn.
“We have just found out that they are donating a massive £2,500.
“This is fantastic and we are thrilled.”
The extra cash means the group can look at adding to or upgrading its park design.
And, on the day that Scotland’s devolution results came in, Glebe Primary School voted on their favourite design for the park.
Three companies had submitted plans for the children’s approval.
“The money from Shoreham Port will definitely aid these designs,” said Fiona.
“We will now be contacting the winning company and finalising the plans.
“It’s almost time for the diggers to arrive!”
SGCT issued a public ‘thank you’ to Shoreham Port for its help, and hopes more businesses will come forward with cash donations.
“The existing play area on Southwick Green is in desperate need of updating,” said Melanie Prior.
“We want to make the playground upgrade the best we possibly can and the extra support from Shoreham Port will make a huge difference.
“We are extremely grateful to Shoreham Port for their generous donation, which means an additional piece of play equipment for the new play area.”
Clive Bramble, also from SGCT, said the extra funding was ‘fantastic’.
“We are hoping to finalise the project designs over the next few weeks,” he said.
“We will then be able to receive feedback from the children at Glebe Primary School and finalise the plans.”
Sara Bassett, finance director and deputy chief executive at Shoreham Port said: “The Port has many exciting community-based projects lined up over the next few months and we are delighted to include SGCT in our plans to work with our local community.”
The team still needs more donations and is appealing to businesses and individuals to help them fund ‘an even better play area for the children of Southwick’.