Cash boost for Gatehouse playpark appeal
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Villagers launched an ambitious cash drive last year to replace outdated play equipment in Riverbank.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