Friends of King's Park won £1000 for sensory garden

CASH grants are up for grabs for community minded groups.

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  • Friends of King's Park has benefitted from the fund
  • Friends of King's Park has benefitted from the fund
  • Friends of King's Park has benefitted from the fund
  • Friends of King's Park has benefitted from the fund
  • Friends of King's Park has benefitted from the fund

Applications are flooding in for the Sport Relief Community Cash fund.

And one group which benefitted last time around was Friends of King's Park, a determined bunch of residents on Glasgow's South Side.

They formed in 2006, keen to reclaim their local park and make it a focus for family, healthy living and leisure activities.

One of the project founders, Kathleen McNeill, explains: "King's Park had become a no-go area, with kids hanging around. We wanted to clean it up and make it a safe place that people wanted to visit."

The group began by installing a toddler play area and cleaning up the park, inviting six local schools to help.

"We involved local children in the clean-up to give them a sense of pride in the place," adds Kathleen. "Then it becomes their park and they respect it."

This year, the Friends of King's Park developed a garden for adults and children with sensory impairments.

Kathleen explains: "We have plants especially for smell and touch and grass that rustles in the wind for hearing.

"It's a lovely, relaxing place and we've had great feedback about it from the community."

A £1000 grant from Comic Relief paid for four large wooden totem poles for the garden.

Kathleen said: "The poles focus on the four senses and feature carvings for touch and sounds.

"The sensory garden is a way for people to get enjoyment from the park."

The Community Cash campaign - of which the Evening Times is media partner - is part of Sport Relief's 2014 drive to help people living tough lives.

You can get involved too, in the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games in Glasgow, which take place over the weekend of March 21 to 23.

Here in Glasgow, you can get on your bike for the Sport Relief Cycle, a 25 or 50 mile ride on open roads from the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome to Tollcross Park, where there will also be a Family Cycle for those looking for a more leisurely ride.

If you'd prefer to run, walk or jog the Glasgow Mile, you can sign up for a one-mile, three-mile or six-mile course in Tollcross Park, and if swimming is your thing, head for Tollcross Inter-national Swimming Centre.

It is hosting the Glasgow Sport Relief Swimathon - all you have to do is choose your distance (1.5km, 2.5km or 5km), work out whether you're doing it on your own or as part of a team, and make a splash for charity.

There are also Sport Relief Mile events taking place in Strathaven Park, Hamilton, Kilmarnock, Ayr, Largs, Kilwinning and Milngavie, Swimathons in Blantyre, Cambuslang, Kirkintilloch and in various locations around Ayrshire. Visit www.sportrelief.com for details.

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