Fairhill Community Group officially opened a new playground at Fairhill Playing Field last weekend, despite the snowy weather conditions. Thanks to support from Story Homes and other local businesses and individuals, the community group was able to transform the existing small playground into a multi-play activity centre on land adjacent to our Fairways development.
We donated £3,000 to the fundraising efforts of the local community group as part of Future Story – our company-wide scheme for supporting communities in ways that add long term value.
Deb Holden, Committee Member at Fairhill Community Group, said: “Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we have been able to purchase new playground equipment to enhance and expand our existing play area on Fairhill Playing Field. The grant that we received from Story Homes along with our other sponsors, meant we were able to create something special for families in the local community to experience and enjoy.”
The group raised approximately £30,000 through donations and sponsorship, allowing them to secure equipment for babies up to four-year-olds – including swings, a slide and safe flooring. The play apparatus is designed to promote rotation, balance, coordination and interaction and recognises local health initiatives.
Managing Director of Story Homes Cumbria and South Scotland, Ian Storey, said: “As a business, we are committed to supporting our local communities in ways that benefit the community and improve facilities for local families.
“This is an excellent example of what can be achieved when a community comes together and we are thrilled to have helped the Fairhill Community Group achieve their fundraising target. We hope that all the local families enjoy using the new facility.”
For 30 years Story Homes has built a reputation for supporting communities in the areas surrounding its developments. ‘Future Story’ is the company-wide scheme designed to support requests from local charities and community organisations. Its focus is on supporting communities in ways that add long term value, for example, by helping people to develop skills or confidence that will last them a lifetime.
The scheme runs on a quarterly basis and further information can be found here.