Girls fundraising efforts are doubled

Two teenagers are celebrating this week after discovering the money they raised for a skatepark had been matchfunded, bringing the total to a massive £230,0000.

Rhianne Lound and Beth Lee raised £115,000 themselves, and have just been told that Nottinghamshire County Council will match fund their efforts bringing the total to almost a quarter of a million.

The money will pay for the best skateparka vailable nationawide, with leftover cash paying for extra facilities such as CCTV, lighting, benches and bins.

Rhianne said: “We’re over the moon. We didn’t expect it at all. It was a massive thing for us.

“They (the council) originally said they would match fund us if we raised £50,000 so it came as a huge surprise.”

Until now the girls had been relying on getting a grant to make the £115,0000 up to £170,000 for the skatepark itself.

But now, not only do they have the top-model facility they dreamed of, but there is money left over to pay for materials and finishing touches at Coronation Park, where the skating facility is due to be based.

The fundraisers could not wait to share the news with their pals at Eastwood Comprehensive School.

Rhianne said: “We told everyone when we heard and they were so pleased. It was so great to see everyone so happy.”

Work on the skatepark is due to start over the next three months.

Cllr Keith Longdon represents Eastwood on Nottinghamshire County Council and helped secure the funding.

He said: “It’s wonderful news. I’m fully supportive of helping younger people