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Community fund helps bring smile to children’s faces

The children of Riverview Estate in Measham can look forward to a summer of fun and activity outdoors this summer after a grant from IM Properties’ Mercia Park Community Fund helped to upgrade the local play area.

Measham Parish Council has added three new pieces of play equipment to the park including a sunken trampoline, bubble rocket and a flying saucer.

The Riverview Estate play park was highlighted for the grant as one of six play areas managed by the Parish Council.

Dawn Roach, Measham Parish Clerk, said they felt local families would welcome the new additions to what is a lovely open area to enjoy.

“We have all seen the benefits of getting out and being in the outdoors during the lockdowns and we hope that the new equipment will help encourage local children to get out and engage in play.

“We’re very grateful for the grant as purchasing new equipment is a surprisingly expensive business and when we saw the new community fund opportunity, we immediately thought of Riverview.

Colin Manifold, chairman of Measham Parish Council added: “In the past, there has been an active Tenants Association which put on activities during the summer which everyone really benefited from and talked about. It just goes to show what people can do when they work together.”

“The new equipment offers stimulating and challenging play for the children to help increase fitness levels and feed their imaginations and it’s great that we can get it up and running for the summer, to help parents looking to occupy children during the holidays.”

Mercia Park’s £350,000 Community Fund managed by Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation was set up by developer IM Properties to have a positive social value impact on the communities surrounding its 238-acre scheme on junction 11, M42.

Kerry Amory from IM Properties said: “Being a mum myself, I know the difference it used to make to the day having a place to take young children and meet with friends and play for a few hours during the holidays.

“Some of the families on Riverview may not have access themselves to outdoor play equipment so this is going to be a real boost and we are delighted that Dawn and Colin are engaging with us and helping to bring positive benefits to the community.”

IM Properties is committed to delivering sustainable development across its business. Working in partnership with its occupiers and supply chain it aims to create jobs, skills and training opportunities, in addition to long-lasting social value benefits for the local community.

For further information on the Mercia Park Community Fund visit https://www.llrcommunityfoundation.org.uk/apply-for-funds/mercia-park-community-fund-open/