Holbeach mums launch £180,000 fundraising effort to improve town parks

Kelly Wilson (back second left) with her son and other families in Holbeach where a �180,000 fundraising drive is underway to improve three play areas in Hallgate, Netherfield and Carter's Park.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG160416-187TW.
Kelly Wilson (back second left) with her son and other families in Holbeach where a �180,000 fundraising drive is underway to improve three play areas in Hallgate, Netherfield and Carter's Park. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG160416-187TW.
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Two mothers from Holbeach have teamed up to lead a £180,000 fundraising drive to improve three parks in the town.

Kay Piccaver and Kelly Wilson have set up the Friends of Holbeach Park group with the aim of renovating Hall Hill Park in Hallgate, Netherfield Playing Field and Carter’s Park “to their former glory”.

Myself and Kay Piccaver are both very passionate about giving our children a variety of things to do and places to enjoy

Kelly Wilson, Friends of Holbeach Parks Group

Both women are members of Holbeach Parish Council but they claim to be running the group as parents and grandparents in order to “provide the children of Holbeach and surrounding areas with somewhere safe to play.”

Kay said: “As the two founder members of the group, we’re starting right from scratch in that we’re not doing it under the umbrella of being parish councillors.

“We’re canvassing the schools and community of Holbeach, collecting signatures to underpin all the fundraising and grant applications that we need to do.

“Kelly has a young son and I have grandchildren, all under the age of ten, and what we’ve found out by canvassing people is that there’s very little age-appropriate play equipment in Holbeach.

“A lot of it is for under-fives or older children and, therefore, we feel there’s a big gap for children aged from six to 12.

“There’s been positive feedback from the town and we’re speaking to other groups who have fundraised before.”

Kay and Kelly have set up a JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kelly-wilson to raise the money which will be split between the three parks.

Kelly said: “Myself and Kay are both very passionate about giving our children a variety of things to do and places to enjoy.

“We felt we could raise funds more quickly through grants from national organisations and local businesses.

“Children need safe areas to play and spend time with family and friends which is why we’re looking to raise a £180,000 to renovate the three parks.

“We want to restore them to their former glory and provide the children of Holbeach and surrounding areas with somewhere fun, safe and exciting to play.

“Over the past few years the parks have become rundown and equipment was removed from some of them several years ago.

“Carter’s Park needs new exciting equipment, Netherfields is completely empty and Hall Hill Park only has an empty swing frame, a goalpost and one rocker.

“Holbeach needs a boost and with the town set to expand with several new housing developments, we want to give people in our town better parks where they can have fun with their children.”