Weymouth Couple Save the Town's Skatepark
1:26pm 11th February 2014
(Updated 1:32pm 11th February 2014)
A Weymouth couple who've raised nearly £20,000 for local good causes this year have been thanked for saving the town's Skatepark.
Nina and Roger Hanger, who set up Hanger's Heroes Charity Award Scheme years ago, had their annual cheque presentation yesterday evening (on Monday the 10th of February).
The money they'd raised, which totalled £19,500, was split between seven Dorset Organisations; Westfield Arts College, DorSAR (Dorset Search and Rescue), Stella Hayward Riding for the Disabled, The Front Skatepark, Steve Charles Help a Friend Fund, Portland Youth Football Club and Friends of the M.V. Freedom.
Wessex FM attended the presentation where the cheques were presented to the local charities and organisations by a representative from Sunseekers who support their work.
We spoke to representatives from Weymouth's The Front Skatepark who said the couple's donation has actually saved the park. Lisa Kille, Treasurer of The Front Skatepark explained, "The Front is a charity, I don't think many people know that. If we didn't have this money from Hangers Heroes we would literally not be able to rebuild our ramps, it's that important to us. We've been hit by storm damage recently and we've got a lot of rebuilding to do, and we're not able to open much in this weather, we've had some awful weather and we really need this money. It's the difference of opening and shutting, it really is that important to us."
Sarah Lloyd Harris from Stella Hayward Riding For the Disabled also attended to pick up a cheque and said she was delighted, "Just want to say how unbelievably grateful we are to Hanger's Heroes. What it means is we can concentrate our efforts on what we're good at without having to worry that we can continue doing it year on year."
The photos below are of the representatives from each charity or organisation receiving their donation: