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Over the last 12 months I have been involved in securing a new playground .I am pleased to say, thanks to a great effort, by all involved our new playground in the village of St Tudy has reopened in memory of a much-loved pre-school manager, after being awarded £25,000 funding by financial services company OneFamily as part as part of its Foundation. The new playground opened to the public on Friday 13 July, as a tribute to Claire Townsend, the manager at St Tudy’s pre-school who tragically passed away last year.
Previously a run-down play space, the area has been completely revamped and now includes as a range of accessible and fun equipment from Wadebridge company, Schoolscapes. This includes a variety of swings, a new roundabout, a dino mould and tunnel, a sandpit, and a Treetops climbing frame. A swing surfer was also donated by the Bray Foundation.
A vegetable patch made of tractor tyres and wildlife area has also been created so that local pre-school pupils can grow their own fruit and veg and learn about nature. Lovely benches surround the play area which has a large safe surface.
Claire’s husband, Dan Townsend, said: “We’d like to thank the entire community for their support in helping to make this project a reality. “Claire was a wonderful person, and she would have been incredibly honoured to have the play area dedicated in her memory.”
The St Tudy Playing Field Trust was awarded the money after being nominated by Sue Handford, a OneFamily customer and fundraiser for the St Tudy Playing Field Trust.
The awards are part of the OneFamily Foundation and were created to give OneFamily customers the opportunity to support projects in their area that matter to them and their families.
Sue Handford of the St Tudy Playing Field Trust, said: “Launching the playground was a day of celebration for everyone who was involved in the project. “Our dedicated playground team of Rebecca Jago, Karen Whalley, Kate Willcocks, Jack Gibson and Annette Welch have worked hard to ensure that the new area is a fitting tribute to Claire, and it will be a place that children can enjoy for many years to come.
We’re so thankful to everyone at OneFamily for providing us with the £25,000 grant. It was the catalyst that enabled us to get this project off the ground, and since then we’ve held fundraisers and secured further donations that have enabled us to make the project a reality. “A huge thank you also goes out to the St Tudy Playing Field Trustees, who empowered us to pursue this project and supported us throughout the process.”
Guy French, corporate and customer strategy director at OneFamily, said: “Claire was loved by the entire community, and we’re very pleased to have been able to support this fantastic cause.
“As this project shows, our community funding initiatives support organisations that our customers care about, making a positive difference to their local areas.”
Further contributors to the playground included local contractor Mark Andrew, Vicki O’Shea from Cedarcoft Plants, Tinten Farm, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Frankie and Graham Harris and the St Austell Dance Group and the Western Supply Company.
I have also been securing grants from His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, Bray Charitable Foundation, Western Power Distribution, The Pirate Trust, the Foyle Foundation and Devon and Cornwall Police and Councillor Stephen Rushworth.
It has been a great project and just the start in getting everyobe off their digital deveices and out playing! Keeping fit is so important.