September 27th, 2016

Lucy aiming to fund disability play area

Updated: 5:14 pm, May 06, 2015

A SELFLESS Evesham woman is bidding to raise £10,000 to supply disability equipment to a Vale play area.

Lucy Bickerstaff of Maple Close began her efforts in February and if she reaches the target by next April, Wychavon District Council will donate a further £10,000.

If the funds are raised, it will mean a disabled swing, a boat swing, a full harness swing and a rotating roundabout suitable for

wheelchairs, will be installed at the Crown Meadow play area.

Fund-raising kick-started on Saturday (June 21) when Lucy organised the No Limits Midsummer Madness Fete at Hampton Ferry, on Boat Lane, which raked in £800.

Homemade craft stalls, flowers, cakes, a car boot, a bouncy castle and face painting were all available on the day.

“It went really well.” she told The Observer. “You just don’t know what might have happened, we might have had hardly anyone turn up and take in £50, so to raise £800 was quite a shock in the end.

“I was originally going to do everything at the Crown Meadow, but with the building work going on with the bridge I don’t think most people would want to be down there with the diggers.

“I’ve got to be realistic and think £1,000 a month should be enough. I’ve had enough sleepless nights to raise that.”

More events have been planned throughout the summer months, which include a quiz night on July 8, an entertainment disco

on August 1 and a kids talent show on August 19.

Lucy, who has been approached by other people in the county to do the same scheme for their play area, said the need for disabled play equipment was one of vital importance.

“I came up with the name No Limits because children’s ability to play and their imagination hasn’t got any limits and they shouldn’t have any limitations.” she added.

“I feel that with the Vale of Evesham School and a few friends of mine having disabled children that can’t use normal play equipment, this should be done.

“Why should one child be sat there not being able to play while the others can? It’s horrible and feels like children being excluded when they shouldn’t be.”

Lucy also praised Evesham residents after she said how the town had rallied around her project.

“I feel positive.” she added. “I’ve got all the right people’s support and that’s a nice feeling.”

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