Generosity helps Exton skatepark fundraising

Exton skatepark bazaar. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-141124-110049001
Exton skatepark bazaar. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-141124-110049001
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Generous Exton residents were happy to dig deep during a bazaar to help youngsters raise money for a new skating ramp in the village.

The group of 12 teens who sold refreshments and cakes and ran the tombola stall, for which they had collected most of the prizes, raised £825 at Exton bazaar on Sunday.

To help them reach the £2,500 - 25 per cent of the £10,000 total cost of a half-pipe - that they need to be able to apply for grants, organisers of the Exton Produce Show donated £900.

And a £500 donation from Jilly Ward, who works at Greetham Valley Golf Club, took their total to £2,225.

Luke Maiden, 17, one of the group, said: “It was really encouraging. There were a lot more people than we expected at the bazaar and everyone was very generous.

“It was very much a team effort. Even the family helped including my mum and nan.”

Mick Bell is a member of Play Action Group Exton, which runs the playing fields in Garden Road, where the youngsters hope their new skating ramp will be installed.

He said: “The youngsters were very keen and ran many of the stalls including cakes and refreshments. Although they’d not done anything like it before they did really well.

“Many people from the community commented saying ‘how nice it was to see young people involved’ in the bazaar.”

More funds are expected to be raised. They include money from the sale of a quad bike donated by Valter and Sandra Floris of the Fox and Hounds, as well as a cycle, which will be sold on e-bay and the money added to the project pot.

As more donations are expected the Play Action Group has started preparing applications for grants for the remaining £7,500. The youngsters are also planning events for the New Year.