Ray Grocott (seated on bench) pictured with (back left to right) Prees Parish Councillors Sammy Jones, Ray Hirons, Joe Whelan, Rob Irvine-List and Barbara Rainford; and local children

Grocontinental has added the finishing touch to a new play and fitness scheme at Higher Heath Playing Fields, by donating a bench for local people to enjoy.

The new scheme is a result of an appeal made by a young person who lives in the local area for play equipment. Prees Parish Council took up the challenge and gained funding from the Big Lottery Fund and an Awards For All Grant, which amounted to £10,000.

Now on offer to local residents is a full range of challenging, robust fitness equipment, as well as more conventional play apparatus for children.  The emphasis has been placed on providing options which will appeal to all age groups.

Grocontinental’s £500 donation, which funded the bench, completed the scheme and Company Chairman, Ray Grocott, officially handed it over to Prees Parish Council Chairman, Ray Hirons, at the playing fields. Speaking at the presentation, Ray Hirons said: “We’re very grateful for the proactivity of the youngster who appealed to us and we’re really pleased to be able to fulfil her idea.

“The new facilities will make a real difference, especially to local children, who now have somewhere dedicated to play.”

In response, Ray Grocott said: “I have a strong connection with Higher Heath because I grew up just a matter of yards from the new scheme. My early memory of this field is when it was used as living quarters for airmen during the war. It was known as No. 10 site.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to make my own contribution to the playing fields and hopefully the new bench will provide the icing on the cake.”