A street party in St Albans raised £800 to help kick-start fund-raising for a new public playground on Bernards Heath.
Residents in Warwick Road held the event in support of Let’s Play at Bernards Heath, the registered charity set up to raise the £100,000 required to replace the much-used playground in the local park.
With the aid of a tombola, a second-hand toy stall, face-painting, a craft table, children’s fancy-dress, The Great Warwick Road Bake Off and a raffle supported by local businesses such as The Jolly Sailor, The Alban Arena, Street Café and St Albans Barbers, residents, family and friends, and people from neighbouring streets had great fun raising money.
Also helping keep the children happy in the temporarily car-less street was a selection of unique wooden games designed and hand-built by Oaklands College technician Peter Templeman, who provides his services free of charge for local community events.
Organising committee member Helen Maycock said: “This was a real community success, everyone chipped in to generate funds for a new playground that will benefit thousands of local families. Raising money has never been so much fun.”
Chairman of Let’s Play at Bernards Heath David Pearce commented: “Just one fun event, on one Sunday, in one street, raised a fantastic contribution towards our total goal. The charity only launched this summer and it would be great if other local groups and businesses were inspired to help fund-raise for the new playground facilities. Anyone wanting to find out more or donate should visit letsplayatbernardsheath.org”