Last push for Shepton skate park
SUCCESS is in sight for the fundraisers dedicated to building Shepton Mallet a new skate park, but support is needed for the final steps.
The Save Shepton Skate Park appeal, formed less than 18 months ago after the previous wooden ramp site at Old Wells Road was deemed unsafe, has already raised £102,000.
Applications for cash have been submitted to Viridor and Big Lottery Fund and success for either will take the hard- working committee very close to the target.
Local Giving have a Grow Your Tenner scheme on October 15, meaning any donations on that day up to £10 will be matched by the site.
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Local Giving now shows the number of supporters of causes. The more people that donate via the site, the more chance Save Shepton Skate Park will have of obtaining grants from Viridor and Big Lottery Fund.
Committee member Andrew Rainsford said Local Giving displaying numbers of supporters will enables him to send supplementary information to the funders that shows how many tangible supporters there are.
The Facebook site for the appeal has 442 supporters, but only 29 people have donated through Local Giving. Even a pound donation will add to supporter numbers on Just Giving.
Mr Rainsford has been working on planning application forms for the skate park with town clerk Daryl Saville and said they are in the final stages of completion.
Save Shepton Skate Park was started by the Friends of Shepton Mallet Recreation.
They aim to design, build and operate a new long-lasting concrete skate park for the people of Shepton Mallet.
The previous wooden structure was in its place for eight years. It had been removed on safety grounds leaving the town without a skate park for its young people.
Friends of Shepton Mallet Recreation have raised money through grants, fundraising events and collection tins.
Visit http://localgiving.com /charity/savesheptonskatepark to donate.