THERE was some more South Worcestershire community spirit shown last week when Worcester Warriors pledged £2,500 towards new play equipment at the Lido Park and Droitwich firefighters helped clear the site.
That takes the fund-raising total for the project through the £15,000 barrier after the recent arson attack.
The campaign is being spear-headed by Matt Nicol from Droitwich estate agent Nicol and Co and cash has also been donated by local businesses and residents.
Worcester Warriors HITZ Officer Stuart Brooks, who grew up in Droitwich, visited the Lido Park to see the operation first hand.
He said: “It is based in the Wychavon district, as we are, and with our close connection to the area through our fan-base we were keen support the fund-raising efforts after the fire.”
Mr Nicol added: “I would like to thank everyone at Warriors for this donation.
“It really does highlight the club’s commitment to supporting the local community.
“The money we have raised will mean the site will actually have better facilities than before and that will be a huge boost to everyone who uses it.”
Following the donation, Warriors’ Community Foundation Manager Carol Hart said: “As a club we work to improve the lives of people right across the West Midlands through our many community programmes.
“We also understand the importance of projects other people are running so we are delighted to be able to support fund-raising initiatives such as this one.”
Other projects assisted by the Worcester Warriors include the SIFA Fireside Project, where players buy, cook and serve food to homeless people in Birmingham and a scheme with Acorns Children’s Hospice, the club’s official charity.
An educational programme for teenage girls helps disengaged youngsters as part of the club’s successful HITZ Programme.
Children who attend The Hollies in Droitwich, together with the nursery’s cook, have been making cupcakes and muffins which have been sold to parents. That has seen more than £50 collected so far with the total rising all the time.
Visit www.justgiving.com/yimby/LidoPark for more on the fund-raising campaign or to donate.