Children aiming to raise £2k for park

The fundraising trio with father/stepfather Andrew Haw.
The fundraising trio with father/stepfather Andrew Haw.

Three siblings from Amber Hill, all aged under 13, have set themselves a target of raising £2,000 to pay for improvements at their local play park.

The community-minded trio are Alex, 12, Isabelle, nine, and Anderson, seven.

Last Monday, the youngsters completed a 20-kilometre bike ride in pursuit of their goal in what they hope to be the first of many charitable efforts.

Mum Victoria Percival said the children were prompted into action after noticing the chains on the swings at their local play park were rusty and the seats were “starting to fall to bits”.

Ahead of last week’s bike ride, the trio had already supported two car boot sale outings organised by the group responsible for the park – the play park committee, of which Victoria is a member.

The first brought in £75.09, the second only £5.

“The kids were sad they only raised a small amount,” Victoria said.

“Rather than give up, they had a re-think.

“They decided a challenge would be a great way to raise some money.”

Victoria said the children took inspiration from Team GB’s gold medal success at the Rio Olympic Velodrome – which they stayed up late to watch – and came up with the idea of the 20k bike ride.

As Anderson is non-verbal autistic, the family had a rickshaw for him so all of the children could take part, Victoria said.

The event was originally planned for last Sunday, but due to the lightning storms was delayed by a day.

“So, while most headed to the beach on Bank Holiday Monday, they cycled their 20k,” Victoria said.

“They started to struggle towards the end, but Isabelle was determined she was going to complete the challenge.

“We had pit stops on the way to make sure they took on water.”

She added: “I am so proud. They saw the swings needed replacing and are doing all they can to make it happen.”