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Donkey Common Park closer to redesign thanks to support from Police Commissioner

YOUNG people in Cambridge who have been campaigning for their outdoor facilities to be refurbished are closer to their goal thanks to a £3,500 award from Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston.

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 park is more than 20 years old and needs updating to ensure the equipment is safe and secure for young people learning to skate.

Darryl 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 Camskate 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.”

Director of Cam Skate, James Moulang, 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.”

Voluntary and community organisations based in the county who are working with young people aged between 5 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 into the fund are advised to visit the Commissioner’s website.