CELEBRATIONS marked the conclusion of a long running fund-raising project to open an inclusive play area for Evesham youngsters of all abilities.
The new Crown Meadow inclusive play area opened last Friday (May 15) during a packed morning of fun for all the family.
It was made possible thanks to a fund-raising drive by Lucy Bickerstaff through her No Limits campaign.
The caring Evesham residents campaign saw her attract support and financial backing from a host of Vale businesses.
Speaking to the Observer, Lucy thanked everyone who supported the project and said it was ‘really nice’ to see the project finally come together.
“It’s not about me and being put on a pedestal. The children deserve a right to play, whatever their abilities,” she added.
“That’s why we called the project No Limits because a child’s imagination has no limits so why should they when they are playing?
“A huge big thank you to everyone who played a part in making this dream become a reality, none of this was possible on my own so I couldn’t have done it without support,” she added.
Together with the support of Wychavon District Council, the new inclusive play area has been designed with play equipment to suit all children, including wheelchair users.
A wheelchair accessible roundabout, sensory items, a variety of inclusive swings, a new see-saw, a car springer and a sensory maze are among the items added to the extended play area.
Lucy’s ambitious fund-raising efforts saw her secure more than £23,800 with additional donations from Evesham Town Council, Rooftop Housing, the John Martin Charity, Mencap, Evesham Roundtable and many more.
Once this was raised Wychavon District Council agreed that it would be able to provide £20,000 through section 106 funding.
Lynn Stevens, parks officer at Wychavon District Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to vastly improve the play facilities at Crown Meadow and make them much more inclusive for children of all abilities.
“I stand in awe of Lucy’s fund-raising abilities and it just goes to show what can be achieved when we work together.”
Search for ‘No Limits’ at www.facebook.com for more information on the campaign.