18 May 2018
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Scottish Water Helps Strathpeffer Community Hit Playground Fundraising Target18 May 2018
Green Light for Strathpeffer Playpark
Scottish Water's £1K donation helps fundraisers meet their target to upgrade kids' play area.
The utility company, along with alliance partner amey-Black & Veatch, has donated £1000 to Strathpeffer Primary Parent Council which has been fundraising for three years to expand the children's playpark at the village's primary school.
The donation is part of Scottish Water's commitment to leave a positive legacy in communities across Scotland and comes following work that took place earlier this year to upgrade a section of Strathpeffer's main sewer.
The parent council had set an £11,000 target to enable the installation of a seven-foot steel slide with a low wooden fort platform and scramble net, with grass matting around it.
Alongside the Scottish Water donation, a sponsored walk undertaken by Strathpeffer Primary pupils on May 18 represented the final push to hit the figure and the parent council now aim to have the new equipment installed over the summer.
Abby Lucas, Secretary of the Parent Council, said: "The school has been fundraising for the slide equipment since 2015 and the parent council and children have worked really hard – holding discos, bake sales, summer fetes and sponsored events.
"With so many other things to pay for such as school trips, it is not a quick process so we are really proud to have reached our goal with the recent funding help from Scottish Water and three local windfarm funds."
She added: "The school grounds are also used by children's clubs that use the adjoining community centre, such as Brownies and the Afterschool Club, and the play equipment will be available to the community as a whole out of school hours.
"We have a small amount of play equipment in place already and the new slide and scramble net will really boost the playground's interest and fun levels for the children, especially the older ones."
Trish Wilson, of Scottish Water, said: "Alongside aBV, we are very pleased to be able to make this contribution to support the fundraising efforts of the parent council.
"In light of the disruption involved with our essential work in the village, we wanted to make a contribution to a local initiative to recognise the patience and support that has been shown by the community."
Sam Neill, aBV project manager, added: "The community has clearly put a lot of hard work into the fundraising efforts for the playground project and we are delighted to be able to support them with this contribution.
"We worked closely with local residents in Strathpeffer throughout the duration of the sewer upgrade project and this is a small gesture to thank them for their understanding."