Rushden Lakes attraction offering free tickets to the most deserving families in our communities

For the first 30 days of 360 Play venues re-opening, the company will be gifting tickets daily to families nominated for a 'helping hand back to normality'

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 11:14 am
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 11:16 am

A popular attraction at Rushden Lakes is looking for nominations of those who deserve a day of carefree family fun.

360 Play venues across the country, including Rushden Lakes, are looking forward to re-opening as part of the next stage of the roadmap to recovery following Covid-19.

As part of this, the company is running a Young Minds campaign which aims to support children and families who have been isolated throughout the pandemic, those who have lost jobs, those who have been sick or those who have struggled to cope and need a helping hand back to normality.

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360 Play at Rushden Lakes

Dad, owner and founder of 360 Play Duncan Phillips has pledged more than £60,000 worth of tickets for children and families who have struggled through lockdown for 360 Play centres across the country, including Rushden Lakes.

He said: “As a father of two boys through lockdown and passionate about giving children the best start in life the pandemic has had a significant impact on the younger members of our society.

"Unfortunately we may only see the impacts when the world does start to return to normal but the warning signs are very clear to see."

The company has closely followed the child health experts throughout the pandemic and considered where it could have an impact to help children.

Dr Kathryn Lester, senior lecturer in developmental psychology at the University of Sussex, said: "The importance of play for children’s well-being is still all too easily overlooked, and sadly even more so in the midst of a global pandemic.”

This is why 360 Play has launched its Young Minds campaign.

Duncan Phillips added: “I am passionate that it's now we need to get our children out from home lockdowns and start playing together with others in safe and creative settings that will help re introduce them to social interaction off screens.

"Through our Young Minds Campaign if we can reach out and give just one family some help right now it will have been a success.

"That’s why I am so proud to play our part reaching out to thousands of families who may not have the ability to access our sites to come along as or guests and play again in active and open settings.“

With the campaign, they are hoping to reach out to local communities to help find out who really needs a day of carefree family fun.

If you know someone in your community who would benefit from this, 360 Play wants to hear from you with your nomination.

For the first 30 days of 360 Play re-opening, in stage three of the roadmap, 360 Play will be gifting more than 50 tickets daily to the most deserving families.

Friends, families, local charities or CAHMs teams can nominate families who they consider would benefit from a play date together.

The 360 Play Young Minds Campaign has been created by Duncan with the support of his management teams across their centres and the backing of local MPs, children’s mental health

charities, local businesses and more.

To find out more or nominate a family you feel would benefit from this campaign visit the website here.

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