Sunday, 22 October 2017

Camping sale raises thousands for pavilion

VOLUNTEERS raised £4,500 for the refurbishment of Mapledurham pavilion by selling second-hand camping gear.

VOLUNTEERS raised £4,500 for the refurbishment of Mapledurham pavilion by selling second-hand camping gear.

Members of the Warren and District Residents? Association collected more than 150 discarded tents at the end of this year?s Reading Festival.

Members also picked up about 75 sleeping bags and dozens of mattresses, camping stoves, chairs, torches and pairs of wellington boots.

The items went on sale at the pavilion on Sunday and were all snapped up within four hours.

It was the third year running that the association has staged the event.

Organiser Elisa del Galdo said: ?This year was definitely better than last as everything went.

?Our volunteers are too numerous to name but this event would not have been possible without them.

?They all gave up their time to help the environment and to a project that benefits the entire Caversham community.?

The association is raising money to improve the pavilion at Mapledurham playing fields in Caversham.

It has planning permission for a new veranda, French doors and a ?living wall? of plants and grass on the exterior but needs £500,000 to carry out the work.

The building, off Woodcote Road, dates back to 1938 and was last refurbished in the Seventies.

The association?s volunteers also picked up 12 tonnes of broken metal objects ? enough to fill five large skips. These were sent away to be recycled.

They also collected 100 blankets and several large bags of clothes, shoes and tinned and dried food.

These items were donated to Reading Launch Pad, a charity that helps vulnerable adults in crisis.

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