A campaign to bring better facilities for Clydebank-area kids got a huge celebrity boost yesterday (Thursday, July 5).
Actress and broadcaster Denise Van Outen arrived in Bowling to lend her support to the village in its bid to win extra funding for a new playpark. Members of the public can back the campaign online, but the deadline for votes is fast approaching.
The Bowling Natural Play Zone is already earmarked to receive funding from the Transform Your Patch initiative, but could win an extra investment if it claims most votes in an online poll. Four projects from around Scotland are competing for the extra funds.
As part of the campaign, celebrity ambassadors are supporting specific types of project. Denise Van Outen is backing extra funds for playgrounds and visited Bowling in a bid to win its project an added investment.
Van Outen – who rose to fame presenting television’s The Big Breakfast before playing Roxie Hart in Chicago, starring in both the London West End and New York Broadway versions – was warmly greeted by enthusiastic youngsters.
She said: “Having a safe and clean outdoor space to play in is so important to kids. I hope the public will get right behind the campaign and help Bowling win the extra funds.”
Transform Your Patch – a UK wide initiative funded by soft drinks companies Pepsi and Britvic – will install natural play equipment and seating in the Bowling play area. Winning the public vote would give the site a dramatic enhancement however, with boulders, balancing beams and other natural play equipment.
Every week four projects in each of 12 UK regions battle it out to win extra funding. This week Bowling is up against a park in Ayrshire, football pitches in Lanarkshire and a skate-park in Dundee.
With only a few days left to go the dundee skate park has a slight lead over the Bowling Natural Play zone, so the help of residents is greatly needed. Voting for the Bowling Natural Play Zone could not be easier – all you have to do is visit the Transform Your Patch website and click on Bowling.
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