Royal boost for Friends

Members of the Friends receive their award from the Lord Lieutenant, David Moody.
Members of the Friends receive their award from the Lord Lieutenant, David Moody.
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Members of a Sheffield community group have won royal approval for their project to develop a family recreation area.

The Friends of Charnock Recreation Grounds were given the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for their voluntary work by David Moody, Lord Lieutenant for South Yorkshire.

The presentation was made at the Norfolk Park Heritage Centre with Coun Vickie Priestley, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, also present.

In the seven years since its formation, the Friends group has raised almost £229,000 with the help of local and national funding organisations.

Its main project has been to create a recreation ground in a previously rundown area for children and families.

Ken Wain, of the Friends, told guests how the group began and the story behind the park project.

He said: “We completely refurbished the old play area with new all-inclusive equipment for children of all abilities, then put in a 1600m running track, outdoor gym equipment, then trees, flowers, seating and picnic tables – something for all the community.

“This was noticed by a local resident who then put forward a nomination for the group to be considered for the award.”

Group members were also invited to a Buckingham Palace garden party.