Lantern grant helps children put spotlight on problem areas

Lantern grant helps children put spotlight on problem areas

By Adele Forrest | 14/12/2018

Lantern grant helps children put spotlight on problem areas
The lantern making workshop

CHILDREN have created lanterns for a Christmas walk aimed at raising awareness of problems in Parkgate and Rawmarsh thanks to a grant from the Advertiser’s Cash For The Community scheme.

RotherFed is organising the December 20 lantern walk to raise awareness of arson attacks, fly-tipping and littering in the area.

Children made the lanterns thanks to £325 awarded through the scheme, run through the Rotherham Advertiser in association with the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings.

Project manager Sarah Bingham said: “The purpose of the project is to raise awareness of Green Hill (Golf Hill, Banana Plantation) amongst the people of Parkgate and Rawmarsh and contribute to the prevention of arson attacks, fly-tipping and general littering in the area.

“Several arson attacks on Green Hill this summer have devastated the green space and concern amongst community members has been consistently mentioned during conversations with myself as community organiser for the area.

“By raising awareness of the arson attacks and fly-tipping at Green Hill, it is hoped that community members will become more involved in the prevention of these crimes, either through vigilance, police reporting or taking positive community action.”

The walk will take place between 6-7pm and those interested should meet at the William Street entrance to Green Hill (S62 6AZ). People can bring their own lanterns and children under 11 must be supervised by an adult.

Cash For The Community will gave away £15,000 to groups working to make Rotherham a better place in which to live.

Non profit-making community groups can apply to by filling out the application form here or by asking for a copy at the Advertiser's town centre office in Howard Street.

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