“We won!” East Leake play park gets 50k funding


November 28th, 2014

A play park close to Sutton Bonington campus in East Leake has won £50,000 after winning the public vote in ITV’s The People’s Millions.

Play 4 Life Play 4 All is an East Leake Parish Council led community based project aimed at refurbishing the play area on the Gotham Road recreation ground.  The current playground is too small for the expanding village, the equipment is old and not challenging for older children, equipment suitable for disabled children is limited, and there is little seating and sheltered areas.

Felicity Rose, East Leake Playground Taskforce team member and Associate Professor and Reader in Tissue Engineering at the University, said:

“ We are absolutely delighted that we won the itv people’s millions.  Winning this money will mean that we can now go ahead with our plans to refurbish the children’s play area in East Leake; it will make such a huge difference to our community and especially to the children within the village.  Thank you so much to all those who took the time to vote for our project; it is truly amazing what you can achieve when everyone pulls together.  And do make sure you come to East Leake next year and enjoy our new playground!”

The People’s Millions is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and ITV, where the public help decide which local community projects get up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding. The play park won the ohone vote, which took place on Tuesday 25 November.

Children from Brookside Primary School with the winner's cheque.

Children from Brookside Primary School with the winner’s cheque.

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