St Albans playground charity “absolutely stoked” by £15,000 donation

PUBLISHED: 11:58 16 February 2017

Verulamium Park. Credit: Verulamium at Play.

Verulamium Park. Credit: Verulamium at Play.

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Verulamium at Play has been boosted by a big donation towards the renovation of a city playground.

Verulamium Park. Credit: Verulamium at Play.Verulamium Park. Credit: Verulamium at Play.

The group is working to renovate the play area in Verulamium Park, with an overall fundraising goal of £250,000. Thanks to the donation, they are now over a quarter of the way there.

The donor did not wish for their identity to be made public.

One of the group’s co-founders, district councillor Jessica Chivers, said she was “blown away” by the donation.

The cost of new play equipment for the 30-year-old site is likely to be around £150,000, with costs associated with protecting the park, a Scheduled Ancient Mounument, estimated to be a maximum of £100,000.

In addition to the donation, the park has also been helped by local businesses, with assistance from Waitrose and and the nearby Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub.

The landlord, Christo Tofalli, said: “Our social responsibility starts at our doorstep.

“Verulamium at Play is a very worthwhile cause as the park sorely needs love and tender care.”

Visit verulamiumatplay.org.uk to find out more about the charity.


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