Friends of Tugmutton Common fundraising for playground equipment

Published Tuesday, 15 October 2019

The Friends of Tugmutton Common have held a Teddy Bear’s picnic event to raise funds for playground equipment.

About £300 from the event went towards a project that has so far raised a total of just over £6,000 for two pieces of toddler playground equipment which is expected to cost around £22,000 to buy and install.

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services said, “I would like to thank the Friends of Tugmutton Common group who have done a tremendous job in furthering the play equipment project. Volunteers like these, help in so many ways from practical work to raising much needed funds. If you are inspired to join or donate to the project, please do get in touch with the Friends.”

Mike Titheridge, Chair of Friends of Tugmutton Common said “The sun shone for our first ever Teddy Bears Picnic at Tugmutton Common, which was held on Friday 13 September, it was a fun afternoon bringing our community, friends, families and teddies together. All profit made from this amazing afternoon will be put towards our “Toddlers @ Tugmutton” project raising funds for our new much needed toddler play equipment. Thank you to everyone who supported us with donations and to everyone who came along and joined in with all the activities.”

The Teddy Bear’s picnic, which helped bring the community together while raising funds as, particularly the under 3s, have difficulty negotiating the current playground equipment. Research also showed that the playground needed toddler equipment which would assist when families visited with children of different ages. The new equipment is yet to be chosen but colourful, climbing and sliding pieces are favourite.

Anyone interested in making a difference to their local park or open space, joining Friends of Tugmutton Common or other Friends Groups should go to the council’s website


Notes to editors:

  • The Teddy Bears Picnic event was held on Friday 13 September 2019, Tugmutton Common.
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