Sunderland families’ celebrate £9,000 play park revamp

Secratary of the Residents association, Jean Bramham and Neighbourhood Operations Manager for Gentoo, Anthony Longford officially open the new playpark in Town End Farm.
Secratary of the Residents association, Jean Bramham and Neighbourhood Operations Manager for Gentoo, Anthony Longford officially open the new playpark in Town End Farm.
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RESIDENTS have celebrated the reopening of a refurbished play park.

The community facility in Town End Farm has undergone a major facelift, with the help of volunteers, property company Gentoo and a host of firms which made generous donations.

Town End Farm Residents’ Association (Tefra), which helped develop the site almost 20 years ago, paid tribute to those who supported the £9,000 project.

Improvements included new safety measures, play equipment and design alterations.

Tefra secretary Jean Bramham said: “The Gentoo customer panel provided funding of £9,000 to add new equipment and spruce up the existing ones.

“They also organised volunteers to paint railings and carry out other improvements.

“We can’t thank them enough for their support.

“The hard work they’ve put in has been amazing.

“This is pretty much the only site of its kind in the neighbourhood and it’s vital that it’s kept in good condition.

“We couldn’t have done it without all their help.”

Companies which made donations to the scheme included the city’s branch of Wickes, Dulux, B&M, Morrisons and Tesco.

Peter Whybrow and Graeme Harding also provided workwear and paint brushes

The event at the weekend was tied in with the neighbourhood’s annual fair, which included music, martial arts displays, magicians, face painting and a football match.

“It was a really good turn-out on the day,” said Jean.

“The weather was really nice, which always helps, and there were people of all ages.

“We’re hoping to continue to develop the site further and we’ve already applied for grants to buy more equipment and carry out other improvements.”

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