Bradley takes new roundabout for a spin
A brand new roundabout that can be used by children of all abilities has been installed in Retford’s Kings’ Park thanks to a combination of community fundraising and a partnership with Bassetlaw District Council.
The new Ability Whirl Roundabout was officially opened this week in front of a crowd of donors, as well as Tracy’s son Bradley who gave the roundabout its first test drive.
“It’s fantastic to see the roundabout in the park now because it will make such a difference to a lot of people’s lives,” said Tracy. “This type of roundabout provides Bradley, and other children, with a lot of stimulation. He hasn’t stopped smiling since he’s been on it!”
“I’d like to thank everyone who helped to fundraise for this roundabout and everyone who donated money so that we now have this fantastic piece of equipment in the park.”
The fundraising effort originated when Tracy approached RAG4E to help raise funds for a roundabout after Bradley was not able to use the park’s existing roundabout in his wheelchair.
Wendy Quigley, from RAG4E, said: “We’re thrilled that this community effort has been a success and you only have to look at the faces of the smiling children using the roundabout to see what can be achieved when the community works together with the Council. It’s a fantastic piece of equipment that all children can use.”
More than £8,550 was raised by local action group RAG4E and family members and friends of Tracy Hunt. This was in addition to the installation costs of £5,139 that was funded by the Council.
Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at the Council, said: “This is a great example of what can happen when the community works with the council to bring about a positive change. I hope that lots of children of all abilities will get many hours of enjoyment from this new roundabout.”
Fundraisers who worked with Tracy Hunt included: Katy Swannack, Laura Murray and James Cowell who did a sky dive to raise money. In addition to Jules Hinton and Ian Beech who held two fundraising events at the Elms Hotel.
Individuals and groups who donated money to RAG4E included; MYGYM, Retford Rotary Club, Retford Lions, Cllr Liz Yates, Ian Campbell, Dianna Williams, Mallory Ellis.