YOUNGSTERS with disabilities look set to enjoy new play equipment at a Vale play area after a caring Evesham mum achieved her fund-raising goals.
Lucy Bickerstaff, of Maple Close, kick-started the No Limits campaign in February with the initial aim of raising £10,000 for a disabled swing, a boat swing, a full harness swing and a rotating roundabout suitable for wheelchairs to be built at Crown Meadow.
And those plans have been given the go-ahead after Wychavon District Council’s Executive Board gave up to £20,000 towards the project.
The donation brings Lucy’s overall total to £35,000 after her fund-raising, which included backing from Rooftop Housing, John Martins Charity, MENCAP and Evesham Round Table, raked in £15,000.
Lucy, who created a Facebook page to start the kind-hearted idea, said: “I started the Facebook page because I saw a child who moved with the aid of a wheelchair on a special swing on a television programme and instantly thought Evesham needs this.
“So I started a Facebook page to get interest and then it grew to over 1,500 likes. The rest is history.
“I have met a lot of lovely people this year and appreciate that so many others have agreed that these play facilities are
“I called it No Limits because a child’s imagination has no limits and neither should their ability to play.”
The equipment and safety surfacing at the site will cost about £35,000 and will include a bucket swing, roundabout and
sensory stimulating play equipment.
Events which helped lift the scheme off the ground included a Midsummer Madness Fete at Hampton Ferry, a quiz night, and entertainment disco and a kids talent show.
Lynn Stevens, parks officer at Wychavon, said: “I am really delighted that we will be able to help Lucy to achieve her vision and commend her for her vocal support and active fund-raising so that we are able to afford this new equipment.
“I hope that the work will be carried out early in the new year so that it is ready for the summer.”