Cash boost for Gate­house play­park ap­peal

The Galloway News - - DECISION TIME -

A thump­ing do­na­tion has pro­pelled a Gate­house play­park cam­paign closer to its goal.

Vil­lagers launched an am­bi­tious cash drive last year to re­place out­dated play equip­ment in River­bank.

The £86,000 tar­get was a big ask – but a se­ries of pledges and fundrais­ers quickly swelled the kitty.

Now gas pipe­line own­ers GNI (UK) have chipped with £6,000 – tak­ing the cam­paign to­tal to £62,587.

Fundrais­ing or­gan­iser Tarena Dickie said: “This year we have driven the project on faster and fur­ther and we have raised a lot of money.

“Los­ing my fa­ther–in–law Al­lan Dickie ear­lier in the year gave us the push to get the kids their dream park.

“It will be built in his mem­ory – he was the lo­cal play­park in­spec­tor for the coun­cil.”

Tarena added: “Re­ceiv­ing an­other amaz­ing do­na­tion of £6,000 will bring us a step closer to our tar­get needed of £86,000.

“We would like to say a huge thank you for all do­na­tions and help so far re­ceived from the com­mu­nity and for the lo­cal pipe­line for the cheque.

“The money will go to­wards one of the big­ger pieces of equip­ment where we plan to in­stall a plaque of thanks for all busi­ness that do­nate to our project.”

A GNI(UK) spokesper­son said: “We are de­lighted to sup­port the Gate­house Play­park Project and help to­wards up­grad­ing the ex­ist­ing park with new play equip­ment.

“This project is a great ex­am­ple of a com­mu­nity work­ing to­gether to raise funds for an amenity that will make Gate­house a more fun and healthy place for chil­dren and young peo­ple to play.”

GNI thanked the pub­lic for its “co-op­er­a­tion and pa­tience” dur­ing work on the new 50km gas pipe­line from Clu­den, Dum­fries, to Brig­house Bay near Kirkcud­bright. It is ex­pected that the project will be sub­stan­tially com­pleted by the end of 2018.

Any­one wish­ing to do­nate to the River­bank play­park cam­paign can do so via the Gate­house De­vel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive web­site.

Pre­sen­ta­tion Tarena Dickie re­ceives the £6,000 cheque from a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of GNI (UK) with vil­lagers look­ing on

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