Help Corby park to win £50,000

Friends of Coronation Park Susan Lowe, Margaret Baum, Jim Lowe, Kevin Watts and Aidan Coleman in 2011
Friends of Coronation Park Susan Lowe, Margaret Baum, Jim Lowe, Kevin Watts and Aidan Coleman in 2011

A project to create a sensory garden at Coronation Park in Corby could receive a £50,000 boost if people pick up the phone and vote to make it a winner.

The scheme has reached the finals of the People’s Millions, a grant programme run by the Big Lottery and ITN.

In the Anglia West region the Coronation Park plan is competing with AlcoHELP, a Chelmsford-based project set up in 2005 to tackle the problem of alcohol abuse among young people.

On Monday, November 25, voting lines will be open from 9am until midnight for people to pick the winner.

Susan Lowe, events co-ordinator for the Friends of Coronation Park Group, worked on preparing the People’s Millions bid along with fellow member David Shaw.

She said: “On the day we want everyone in Corby and the surrounding area to get on the phone and vote for the Coronation Park project.

“Our plan is to create a sensory garden for every age group which will stimulate all the senses.

“We are planning a scented area, a part of the garden with musical instruments, a tactile area and somewhere to depict movement.

“We want everything in the garden to appeal to the senses.

“If we are successful, the aim is to create something which will be enjoyed by everyone in Corby.

“We hope to provide a place for people with sight and mobility problems, as well as other disabilities.

“It would be a place to be enjoyed by all groups and all ages.”

The friends group is to seek the advice of special needs school groups on the design of the garden.

Last year Coronation Park was the focus of Corby’s celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Susan said: “We estimate it will take in the region of £50,000 to create the sensory garden. We started raising funds at the Diamond Jubilee event and the park’s 60th birthday celebration.

“To be successful in the People’s Millions we need everyone to get behind us and cast their vote for Coronation Park.”

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The People’s Millions has £3.8m to give out.

It expects to award up to £50,000 (including VAT) to four projects in each of the 19 ITV regional news areas, making a total of 76 awards.

The number to call to vote for Coronation Park will be announced on November 25.