£20,000 boost for Rec loos campaign

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A CAMPAIGN to create new public toilets at a park has been boosted by a £20,000 grant.

Friends of Stamford Recreation Ground need to raise £78,000 to put up new toilets on the park by the summer holidays.

The group’s Spend A Penny campaign was boosted this week by a £20,000 grant from the Harry Skells Trust.

This takes the group’s fundraising total to £33,000 which leaves the volunteers £45,000 left to raise.

Chairman Penny Dawson is thrilled with the grant, which will help the group attract more funding.

She said: “It is very exciting. It’s brilliant as it shows that there is real support and that this project is viable.

“We have quite a significant sum of money which will help us to raise more money.

“We are delighted.”

The group will be submitting further grant applications but is appealing for people in the area to get behind the campaign by fundraising.

Mrs Dawson said: “We need people to help us. Essentially this money gives us a good foundation.”

The park’s existing unhygienic toilet blocks are closed forcing families to walk into town to use the toilets.

The Friends have set themselves the target of having the toilet block in place by the start of the school summer holidays.

For more information on the campaign or to offer your support contact Mrs Dawson on 07922 271791.