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Opening of new playground in memory of Sarah Freckingham

A new playground is due to be opened in memory of Chesterfield teenager Sarah Freckingham.

Sarah, a pupil at Parkside Community School died last October. Her mother, Sharon, will open the new playground at Langer Lane playing fields with Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader, Councillor Tricia Gilby on Saturday 20 May.

Local children have worked with the Langer Field Park Community Group who secured £42,000 in additional funding from waste and recycling company, Viridor. Derbyshire County Council contributed the third party 10 per cent contribution plus funding for additional accessible features totalling £25,000.

The playing fields are owned by Chesterfield Borough Council, who have also supported the project, provided advice and have overseen the installation on behalf of Langer Field Community Group.

The new playground will be the first in the borough which will be accessible for children with disabilities and will also include an outdoor gym.

Councillor Tricia Gilby, Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader, said: “When planning this new playing area, we have worked with local children and the local community to make sure it fits their needs.

“It is great that this will be accessible for all children and will be a wonderful tribute to Sarah Freckingham. It will be an honour to invite her mum, Sharon, to open the playground with me.”

First published on 19 May 2017 Last updated on 07 July 2017