Final funds needed for charity play area

Tina Walker, Keith Wallace, Cllr Robert Parkinson and Celia Dyson. Homestart Erewash
Tina Walker, Keith Wallace, Cllr Robert Parkinson and Celia Dyson. Homestart Erewash

DESPite cuts to funding, an Ilkeston-based charity has almost raised enough cash to build a new play area.

Things were looking bleak when Derbyshire County Council and Children in Need slashed their funding to Homestart Erewash to £1,500

The Heanor Road charity, which helps Erewash families, needed £6,000 to replace what had become an overgrown and dangerous play area in its back yard.

But now thanks to donations – including £400 from county councillors’ leadership funds – £5,800 has been raised with only finishing touches needed.

Soft tarmac has now been replaced bark chippings and fences are soon to be erected, donated by Long Eaton Fencing. The Probation Service moved in this week to work free of charge on the site.

Scheme administrator Tina Walker said: “We’re so pleased we have raised enough and we’re very grateful to everyone who donated.

“It was just unsafe before and look at it now – it’s beautiful.

“We’d love someone to create some cartoons and other artwork for the walls next.”

If you can help out with artwork or meet the final donations contact the charity on 0115 9304640.