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An AWE skateboarding enthusiast is delighted that his nomination for a donation to a skate park will mean a whole community will benefit from future improvements.
Thomas Evans, who currently works in change management on document control and process modelling, nominated the Thatcham skate park for a donation as he is a skate park committee member and uses the park for social enjoyment.
He said: “I just wanted people to still have the chance to enjoy it just as much as I have, since it was built in 2005.
“It’s great that AWE is supporting the local community in this way, as the donation will help towards the Skate Park and provide a place for people to keep going and enjoy
Paula McAuley, from the Thatcham Skate Park User Group, said the group was formed in July 2011, with a key aim of rejuvenating the area as it is out of date and the life expectancy of the area is limited.
She said: “The existing skate park around eight years old and made of wood. Weather conditions and heavy continued usage over the years has taken its toll and the wood is now rotting.”
The User Group was started by a group of young people from Thatcham and surrounding areas.
With additional help from Sharon Briggs from Empowering West Berkshire, a proposal was submitted to Thatcham Town Council which agreed to provide £6,250 towards the refurbishment in October 2011. Since then the group has raised around £40,000.
Paula said: “ Our goal is simple. We want to provide a safe skate park in Thatcham with access for all users regardless of their age, ability or preferred sport.
“Our ongoing fundraising is now known as Jubilee Skate Park Project, and we now have sufficient funds to refurbish the park, install signage and have an opening party. We are expecting work to start after the Easter break.”
Sharon Briggs, from Empowering West Berkshire, has supported the group from the beginning. Empowering West Berkshire is an organisation that supports the voluntary, community and charity sector in West Berkshire. She said: “As the Community Outreach and Development Officer, I have been supporting the skate park group right the way through. I am thoroughly pleased and proud of how the group have worked together to achieve their goal of a new skate park. We want to thank AWE for its support in donating £250.”
Michele Maidment, secretary of AWE’s Community Committee, said: “This is a slightly different cause, but nonetheless we are very happy to support it, and help towards maintaining this much-loved community space.”
Notes to Editors
1. AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent
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