A PROJECT aiming to regenerate a children’s play park has had nearly £1,000 donated towards the cause.

The Llanwrtyd Wells Tractor Run was held on Sunday, August 6, which raised £800 for the Llanwrtyd Wells Community Play Park Project.

Starting from Dolwen Field at 10.30am, the procession of tractors, 4x4s and even a classic Ford Escort left the town, following route leader Evan Lewis on his Ford 3000 on their tour of the area.

The route took in the communities of Cefn Gorwydd, circulating round Cynala to Llangammarch Wells, on to Garth, Cribarth, across Comin Coch Common to Sarn Helen and onto Llanafan Fawr Village Hall. Here the tractors stopped for cakes, tea and coffee and the raffle was also drawn.

After the break, it was off again around Cwmchwefru to Glandulais, turning back onto the B4358 before turning right to Cefnhafdref to pick up the farm track to Llwynowen, taking in the ford through the upper reaches of the Afon Cammarch.

The Ford Escort made a detour around the tarred road via Beulah to avoid the off-road track and stream crossing. Onto Agergwesyn, before turning down the Irfon Valley, passing Cwm Irfon and heading for home, where back marker Jim Davies shepherded the last of the convoy back into Llanwrtyd.

Organisers would like to thank all participants and landowners and helpers in raising funds for the play park project.

The project is a small group of local mothers trying to raise funds for the regeneration of the children's play equipment at the town’s Dolwen Fields site.

The group needs £80,000 to revamp the area. Unfortunately, most of the current play equipment is past its prime or has been removed due to the timber being completely rotten and unsafe.

The equipment that remains on the field is in desperate need of repair or replacing, with only a few pieces of equipment remaining in a suitable and safe condition for local children.  

Ebony Halliwell, a member of the group, said previously: “We'd like to be able to provide a great place for everyone to use.

“The benefits would be amazing for everyone – not only for mental health reasons but also to encourage fitness and socialising in a safe environment.”

With play equipment very expensive to purchase, the group are fundraising themselves in the hope of being able to replace the equipment with something suitable for children and young people of all ages.

It is also hoped that providing new play equipment will bring people to the park as opposed to local children and families visiting play areas in bigger neighbouring towns.

If anyone would like to support the campaign to provide a safe area for toddlers and teenagers to enjoy, you can join the Llanwrtyd Wells Community Play Park Project Facebook page or the 'Shop and Give' page.

You can generate free donations for the group every time you shop online via TheGivingMachine. Sign up and get started now or browse the huge range of shops that are participating. Visit shopandgive.thegivingmachine.co.uk/ to find out more.