Wicksteed Park donations pass £100,000 after weekend of fundraising

The Kettering park announced the total this morning

Wicky Bear at Tesco on Sunday
Wicky Bear at Tesco on Sunday

Wicksteed Park has now raised more than £100,000 following a weekend of fundraising events.

In an announcement on its Facebook page this morning (Monday), Wicksteed Park said: "Thank you so much to all those people who helped with fundraising over the weekend, your support is truly amazing and it is very much appreciated.

"Today's updated total is £114,031."

Wicky Bear was collecting money from the public in Tesco

Damian Cox from Big Bopper Entertainment has been helping to organise much of the fundraising.

He said: "It was an amazing weekend all round."

Damian said on Saturday, Ben Currington and a few friends ran 15 miles from Northampton Racecourse to Wicksteed Park in Kettering and have now raised £992.

The Save Wicksteed Park Facebook page shared a status that said: "Congratulations to Ben Currington and friends who ran from Northampton to Wicksteed Park this morning (Saturday).

"What an achievement! Well done all!"

Elsewhere on Saturday more Kettering residents were raising money for Wicksteed.

Damian said: "Dawn Patrick raised £462.55 from her cake sale on Britannia Road, Kettering, another resident was also out having a bric-a-brac sale just down the road. Lovely community spirit, the cake sale sold out totally.

"Abby Chamberlain, nine-years-old, from Southgate Drive, Kettering, had a jumble sale and raised £176 and £10 of that was her pocket money."

On Sunday, Damian was at Tesco in Carina Way, Kettering, with Big Bopper Entertainment and Friends playing tunes and collecting donations in buckets.

Damian said: "We were joined by characters Wicky Bear, Spiderman and friends.

"The public were amazing. The volunteers included some Wicksteed Park staff who had just lost their jobs.

"We were joined by Red Shed Prints selling #savewicksteedpark T-shirts. They raised £244 on the day.

"Sweet Treats were also selling #savewicksteedpark car stickers."

In total, the Tesco collection raised £1,627.