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Donington's Flinders Park sees improvements through £5,940 grant from new Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Community Fund

Donington's IDEA (Improving the Donington Environment for All) group is one of 12 projects to share in the first payouts from a new community fund.

Improvements to the play area at Donington's Flinders Park have been paid for with a £5,940 grant from the Triton Knoll Community Fund.

Gill Lunn, of IDEA, said: "We're absolutely over the moon to get the grant so we could extend the life of the safety surface in the children's play area at Flinders Park.

IDEA committee members Peter Lorimer, Gill Lunn and David Hawkins. Photo by Jack McLean. (6769868)
IDEA committee members Peter Lorimer, Gill Lunn and David Hawkins. Photo by Jack McLean. (6769868)

"The specialist play area is looked after by volunteers but, in recent years, the safety surface there has started to fall into disrepair because of wear and tear.

"Adults and children alike enjoy Flinders Park throughout the whole year because it is a real community facility that has been very well-used.

"People really do appreciate this facility but don’t always understand the amount of hard work that needs to go into finding the right funding.

"The process with the Triton Knoll Community Fund has been much more straight-forward and easy to access, so we are really pleased to be one of the first groups to receive this funding which will help us sustain our great community facility for many more years to come."

Four Swineshead-based groups, St Mary's Church Hall, Swineshead Village Hall, 7th Boston (Swineshead) Scout Group and the village bowls club, are to share grants totalling nearly £50,000.

Meanwhile, countywide emergency charity LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service) is to get £15,000 from the community fund set up alongside the construction of Triton Knoll's offshore wind farm substation at Bicker Fen.

LIVES chief executive Nikki Silver said: "Every year, we are able to meet the running costs of our Community First Responders through the support of the NHS, community fundraising, local trusts and foundations.

"That is why we are enormously grateful for the support of the Triton Knoll Community Fund in increasing our ability to support people in our communities."

Project director Julian Garnsey said: "I am so pleased to see such important local projects as these benefit from this first round of awards from the community fund.

"We always aimed to ensure that the fund delivered maximum benefit to our neighbouring communities and that is exactly what this first round of grants has done."


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