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Donkey Common Park skate campaign given £3,500 by police commissioner





Skaters in Cambridge are celebrating after police and crime commissioner Darryl Preston awarded them £3,500 towards their goal of refurbishing a city centre skate park.

The commissioner made the award to Cam Skate from his Youth Fund which was set up to help young people make positive choices rather than get involved in crime.

The existing skate park at Donkey Common is more than 20 years old and needs updating to ensure the equipment is safe and secure for young people learning to skate. Cam Skate has been fundraising to improve the park and organisers believe they will need around £70,000 to complete the refurbishment.

Darryl Preston police and crime commissioner has given £3500 fom his Youth Fund towards skate park improvement on Donkey Common, seen here with James Moulang. Picture: Keith Heppell. (59069928)
Darryl Preston police and crime commissioner has given £3500 fom his Youth Fund towards skate park improvement on Donkey Common, seen here with James Moulang. Picture: Keith Heppell. (59069928)

James Moulang, director of Cam Skate, said: “Refurbishing Donkey Common is going to provide a safe and central community space, where young people in Cambridge can practice sports.

“Skating is a positive outlet for young people that builds confidence, resilience, and benefits mental and physical health.

“If young people are skating they’re less likely to get involved with crime and anti-social behaviour. We’re all really thankful to Darryl as this Youth Fund award will go a long way towards making our dream a reality.

“We also think this will give the project a boost because people can see it is being taken seriously by the police and crime commissioner so must be worthwhile.”

Mr Preston said: “These outdoor facilities are a great way for young people to keep active in a safe environment. It is great to see young people like those behind Cam Skate pulling together to improve these amenities.

“It’s important that we give young people these opportunities as it develops their confidence, keeps them out of trouble and in some circumstances has inspired careers in professional sports.”

Voluntary and community organisations based in the county who are working with young people aged between five and 18, or up to 25 years old for those with special educational needs or disabilities are invited to bid for up to £3,500.

The funding has been made possible from what is known as ‘proceeds of criminal activity’.

Anyone looking to bid for funding is advised to visit the commissioner’s website at cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/funding/.



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