Scam targets kids park fund

PEOPLE in the High Peak are being warned not to fall for a possible scam.

The Friends of the Memorial Park, Chapel-en-le-Frith, are currently fund-raising to replace the children’s park equipment, which has been there for 30 years and is in a poor condition.

Recently the group have been asking local businesses to support their fund-raising by donating prizes which they can then auction off. However, last week, one local businessman who has already supported the group, received a call from someone claiming to be from the Friends group, asking him to donate ten per cent of his weekly wage to the fund-raising activities.

Eleanor Hill, Treasurer of the Friends Group, explained: “It was from a withheld number and when he questioned the lady, as he has already kindly donated a prize for the auction, she hung up on him.

“Obviously we are very concerned that this kind of activity, using our community group’s name will discredit the hard work we are doing.

“We have always maintained that all proceeds raised will go towards the new play equipment. We have no costs to come out of the proceeds – the venue and entertainment are being given free.

“It’s hard enough raising money without people trying to throw a spanner in the works. All the local businesses have been so kind in what they have offered and we would hate for them to think that we are taking advantage of their good will.”

The incident has been reported to the police.

Two pre-Christmas events have been organised by the Friends group to add to the fund-raising total – a table top sale and craft fair at Chapel Town Hall on November 18 from 10am, and an auction at Rems cafe bar on November 24 at 7.30pm.

The November 18 event will also give people the chance to view the park plans.