Three cheers for our slide!
Families celebrated more than a year of successful fundraising when a brand new slide was unveiled at an adventure playground in Sheffield.
The community in Pitsmoor has worked tirelessly to raise money for the new play equipment by carrying out bag packing at Tesco on Savile Street for six months and other fundraising events.
Fundraising began in 2014 with money donated by Arches Housing Association, The Ward Pot, Chris Cave Foundation and Burngreave Tenants’ and Residents’ Association to help ensure the children’s dream became a reality.
Local resident Theresa Cave donated £1,000 to help achieve the £13,000 target in memory of her late son.
The Pitsmoor Adventure Playground charity was set to provide a space and facility where children could play – but also bring the whole community closer together.
Charity manager Patrick Meleady said: “There was a need for a facility like this. It offers a space for people to integrate and share knowledge and information about cultures.
“Our young leaders have worked tirelessly to secure enough funding for the slide.”
The £13,000 slide was opened by Lord Mayor Coun Talib Hussain on National Playday.
More than 200 people, young and old attended the opening of the 24ft long slide – named after stainless steel inventor Harry Brearley who was born in the area.
The playground will be open four days a week, Wednesdays to Saturdays, with up to 80 children enjoying the ‘iconic piece of kit’ manufactured by Pitsmoor-based Steel Line.
The facility faced closure two years ago after due to council cuts – but the group now hopes it will go from strength to strength and aims to install new swings.
“The slide is great and it will act as a catalyst for the next equipment,” Patrick added.