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Glossop park 'friends' in fundraising push

Matthew Corrigan

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Manor Park Glossop Nicola Raine Friends of Manor Park Lindsay Allott

Manor Park was turned into a fairy tale setting on a bright Spring Saturday in April. The Enchanted Forest Day was held by the Friends of Manor Park, who are hoping to raise funds to put in a wheelchair accessible roundabout.

The idea came about when Nicola Raine and her son, Connor, contacted the group. Connor is a wheelchair user and hasn't been able to use the park's play equipment. Agreeing that the situation need to be remedied, the group began to look into what could be done.

Several companies produce playground roundabouts with platforms that sit flush to the floor. The working parts are installed beneath the equipment, sunk into the ground, allowing wheelchairs to drive straight on. Safe and secure, the rides also have seats and handrails, so that everyone can play together.

The group set about trying to raise the £12,000 needed to buy and install the equipment. Supported by High Peak Borough Council, they have applied for a Lottery Grant which will hopefully provide the first £10,000. It was decided to use the park itself to try and raise the rest.

Lindsay Allott

The Enchanted Forest Day was, in the words of Friends' Chair Lindsay Allott, “amazingly well supported”. Hundreds of people attended to enjoy the fun activities on offer. Stalls were set up with crafts such as face painting and lantern making. 'Fairy doors' were hidden in trees around the park and the children, many in fancy dress, took part in a treasure hunt. Even the sun came out for the event, adding to the magical atmosphere.

Upon hearing about the appeal, Steve Kimber of the Glossop Vehicle Enthusiasts Club offered to help. Proceeds from the 2018 Glossop Car Show (held in the park on Saturday May 12) are to be donated. The group is considering further events to be held later in the year. A spooky fun day is currently being planned for autumn.

Anyone who would like to donate is asked to contact the Friends of Manor Park directly. Their Facebook page can be found at: