Skate fans are prepared to rough it

IT may be cold but a group of hardy teenagers from Gamlin-gay will be sleeping rough this Saturday to raise money for a new skatepark as well as helping young patients of a children s hospice. Fourteen youngsters and adults, including Gamlingay councillor

IT may be cold but a group of hardy teenagers from Gamlin-gay will be sleeping rough this Saturday to raise money for a new skatepark as well as helping young patients of a children's hospice.

Fourteen youngsters and adults, including Gamlingay councillor Sebastian Kindersley who is leader of South Cam-bridgeshire District Council, will be braving the elements by bedding down for the night in a shelter at Biggleswade bus station.

The group will be camping out from 9pm on Saturday until 8am on Sunday morning, and aim to raise at least £1,000 in sponsorship towards the proposed skatepark.

A third of all money collected will be donated to the children's hospice in Milton, Cambridge.


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The keen team of skaters, aged between 12 and 18, have been raising money to create a skate park in Gamlingay for some time, and with help from local volunteer group Forward Gamlingay!, this ambition is now getting closer.

The boys have researched and chosen the design for their park, and so far have raised £1,700 towards their personal target of £5,000. It is estimated that around £160,000 will be needed to build, insure and maintain the facility for the next few years.

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Mr Kindersley said: "I think it's great that so many young people are determined to help not only their own project but are also prepared to share their funds with Milton Hospice - I'm only too happy to join in. I'm prepared to be both cold and wet but it's for one night and it's for two very good causes."

If you would like to donate to the skate park fund, or the children's hospice, please go and meet the skaters on Saturday night, or send a cheque to Pauline Girdwood at 24 The Maltings, Gamlingay, Sandy, Beds SG19 3JN.

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