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Family theme park Paultons Park, has donated £10,000 to fund the construction of a playground in Copythorne, Hampshire.

Owner and managing director of Paultons Park, Richard Mancey, donated the sum to kick-start the fundraising process after hearing about the local cause.

Copythorne is the largest parish in the New Forest district to not have a children’s playground.

Local parents Laurie Gibbs and Holly Green presented a business plan to Copythorne Parish Council in 2016. The council agreed to fund the ongoing costs required once the playground is built.

Laurie Gibbs said: “There have been several attempts to build a playground in the past but a site has not been previously identified. One difficulty organisers have faced has been finding an individual or business willing to insure and fund the annual maintenance required following the build.

“Holly and I started a committee with local businessmen Michael Lashmar and Martin Lander, and local parish councillor Simon Lucas, to raise the much-needed £50,000 to begin the playground build. So many children will benefit from the safe outdoor space to play; it will bring families together within the community and ease congestion at local schools.

“We held an open event in November to gather support and ideas and to hear any feedback from local people, which was really successful. We were thrilled when we received an e-mail from Richard Mancey who offered us an amazing sum of money to get us started.

“This leaves us with the task of raising the remaining £40,000. We've given ourselves a target to have the playground built by spring 2018.”

Managing director of Paultons Park, Richard Mancey, said: “It’s safe to say that the Copythorne playground is well overdue. When I heard Laurie and Holly were appealing to local businesses for financial support we of course wanted to help. I hope other businesses will do the same and help the committee reach their spring 2018 target.”

Find out more about Friends of Copythorne Playground by visiting the website - .


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Posted on Tuesday 7th February 2017 - Press

Following the winter break, Paultons Park opens its doors in time for half term as the 2017 season kicks off on Sunday February 12 with new interactive film, Sammy and Ray 4D, being shown at the 4D cinema.


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For further information please contact:
Rob Griffiths - Head of Marketing and Communications
Paultons Park Limited, Ower, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AL
Telephone: 023 8081 4442 Fax: 023 8081 3025

Editors Notes: Paultons Park is just off exit 2 of the M27, near Romsey in Hampshire.
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