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Funding boost for inclusive play equipment in Congleton

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A project to install an inclusive roundabout in Congleton Park has received a fundraising boost following a pledge from Cheshire East Council.

The authority has promised more than £7,500 towards the overall cost of the project.

The council’s support amounts to around two fifths of the £19,000 total cost for the play equipment.

Cathy Dean from Congleton Partnership – the group coordinating the campaign – said: “It’s fantastic to get a large pledge from Cheshire East Council, it gives the project a real chance for success.

“I hope it gives people even more confidence to pledge their support, the finish line is in sight!

“We have now raised £10,470 of the funds needed and need help with the final £8,500.”

If the target isn’t reached, all the funds will be returned to those who pledged a donation.

Cathy added: “Pledges can be from £2 upwards; every penny really does count.

“If half of the households in Congleton could pledge a one-off payment of £2 we would easily reach the target!”

Congleton Park is the main play area for children in the area, but it currently has no wheelchair-accessible play equipment.

The proposed new roundabout would allow all children to play together and break down barriers, according to those behind the initiative.

The inclusive wheelchair roundabout will be able to accommodate wheelchair users as well as friends or carers – two people can sit, and more can stand if they choose to.

Congleton Partnership hopes installing the inclusive play equipment will increase confidence, benefit social skills, and improve the physical and mental health of local children.

 

Inclusive roundabout features

A wide central space facilitates a range of wheelchairs, and bump stops on both sides give a position to apply brakes.

The ‘roll on roll off’ design enables users to exit forwards. Children can stand on the scooter, and using their outer foot they can propel the roundabout.

A lime green edge acts as a visual indicator for partially sighted users.

A curved seat with a powder-coated frame and backrests enables two users to sit.

 

How to support the project

Please contact Cathy Dean by emailing cathy.dean@congleton-tc.gov.uk for more information, or visit: www.spacehive.com/congleton-inclusive-play. 

 

 

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