Generous Burnley firm steps up to replace damaged play equipment

A kind-hearted Burnley firm has stepped in after play equipment in Towneley Park was set on fire.

The “log cave” in Barwise play area was damaged beyond repair earlier this year.

The Friends of Towneley Park set up an online fundraising page to replace it and their appeal was spotted by playground equipment supplier ESP Play which offered to replace the damaged equipment free of charge.

Councillor Jack Launer, Burnley Council’s executive member for health and wellbeing, said: “It’s very generous of ESP Play to step in and replace this equipment. I’m sure all the children and parents who visit the play area will be very grateful to them.

“It shows a real community spirit and kind-heartedness; in stark contrast to whoever was responsible for setting fire to the equipment.”

Andrew Wood, managing director of ESP Play, said: “At ESP Play we are striving on a daily basis to ensure children have access to safe, high quality playgrounds, something which is vital to their physical and mental health and development.

“With outdoor play provision dwindling in some areas of the country, it’s very upsetting to see deliberate damage to playgrounds making the situation even worse.

“We were fortunately in a position to be able to help the Friends of Towneley Park and, as a Burnley business with our roots in the community, we were very happy to help local children have access to outdoor play once again.”

Judith Glover, chair of the Friends of Towneley Park said: ” When the fire damage occurred we were really sad and didn’t know how we would raise the funds to repair it, but out of the blue ESP Play came to our rescue.

“We initially thought their offer was too good to be true, but they absolutely exceeded all our expectations. From start to finish they were an absolute delight to deal with. We cannot thank them enough. How heart-warming that a local company has gone out of its way to support the local community.”

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