Following a fire on June 29, which is thought to be the work of arsonists and caused over £35,000 worth of damage to Ystrad Mynach Park, community members have banded together in order to fundraise and repair the damages caused.
An Important Asset
The fire, which Emergency Services were called to attend on the evening of June 29 around 9.45pm, was thought to be the deliberate work of arsonists, with the Gwent Police force offering a reward for anyone who could provide information which would lead to a prosecution. Recently, a 15 year old boy was arrested in connection with the offence, though no formal prosecution has yet been made.
The park held various fun apparatus for the kids to enjoy, including a climbing frame and a pirate ship which, according to a local mum who helped arrange the fundraiser, attracted visitors from nearby communities and was an important asset for the local children. According to her, groups of up to 20 children could be seen at any one time playing on this pirate ship. Now, sadly, the park lies in a state of disarray, cordoned off by police tape with the instruction not to enter the premises until repairs have begun on the beloved Ystrad Mynach Park.
Local politicians, parents and services are banding together to host a fundraiser in order to raise money not only to repair the damage caused, but to enhance the space for the local children. This fundraiser will consist of a funfair, rides and craft and food stalls. As well as this, local services such as the fire station and police force will be arranging a pop up, in order to ‘get to know’ the local children and introduce them to what it is they do for the community.
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Caerphilly MP Wayne David was quick to praise and show support of the fundraiser, stating that it’s been a tremendous effort on behalf of the parents who banded together to organise it, and that he hoped the community would show up in force.