THE organisers of Apex Park’s annual Playday said they are ‘extremely grateful’ to have received a £2,500 grant towards the event.

The Friends of Apex Park were presented with a cheque from Sedgemoor District Council’s Grants Award Sub Committee at the park on Wednesday (April 3)to help with the cost of putting on the popular event.

Now in its 15th year, the free event has become one of the biggest playdays in the county and last year it attracted more than 7,000 visitors.

Rosie Pike, chairman of Apex Park’s Playday Committee, said the group is thrilled to have received the funds as putting on the playday costs more and more each year.

The Playday Committee consists of a small group of people who meet throughout the year and work closely with Sedgemoor District Council in order to organise the free event.

“Unfortunately, the Playday committee were disappointed with the amount of donations received from members of the public last year,” Rosie said.

“If everyone donated just a £1 for each child into the donation buckets, funding for play day would be covered each year.

“Every year, it is becoming more and more difficult to access funding, so the Playday Committee is extremely grateful to Sedgemoor District Council for the grant of £2,500.”

The Friends of Apex Park said it has been a busy week for the park as a group of 20 litter pickers collected 20 bags of rubbish during The Friends of Apex Park Improvements Group annual litter pick on Wednesday (April 3).

A pane of glass, metal poles, beer crates, traffic cones and dumped rubbish bags were among the items found during the litter pick which was part of the Great British Spring Clean.

A spokesman for The Friends of Apex Park thanked the volunteers for their hard work and said they are looking forward to the next litter pick.

The spokesman said: “It was fantastic to have such wonderful support from not only Sedgemoor Model Boat Club and Park View National Autistic Society in Burnham but also from members of the public that turned up on the day with both children and dogs and volunteers representing several businesses too including Muller, John Perkins Construction Ltd and new local business, Sopha.”