Slam dunk for Peak firm

Hope Construction Materials have donated materials and installed a basketball area for Sterndale Moor.
Hope Construction Materials have donated materials and installed a basketball area for Sterndale Moor.

Youngsters living in Sterndale Moor can now shoot hoops thanks to a slam dunk from a Peak District company.

Hope Construction Materials donated materials and installed a basketball area in the village in a project which began with a ten-year-old boy.

Sean Hughes wrote to his local councillors asking for help finding a way to extend the play park area in the village to accommodate activities for older children.

Hartington Upper Quarter Parish Council then approached Hope Construction Materials to see if they could help, with the company donating the materials as well as arranging for the basketball area and hoop to be installed.

Parish council chair Kevin Kirkham said: “The basketball area has really made a difference to older children in the village who were looking for a play facility more suited to their age.

“The project has enabled us to develop a very positive partnership with Hope Construction Materials who came forward with materials and with skills and contacts to get the area set up quickly.

“We are very grateful to them for helping us enhance our village play park.”

Project co-ordinator Tim Palmer, of Hope Construction Materials, added: “Hope is keen to support communities around its operations and Sterndale village is a neighbour to our Dowlow Quarry.

“It was a real pleasure to help villagers in such a practical way with a construction project.

“We were able to source the materials in-house and use our supplier contacts to build the basketball area and install the hoop.

“It has been very rewarding to come along and see this outdoor facility being so well used already.”