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Thousands enjoy free day of play, thanks to charity
1:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
MORE than 15,000 people enjoyed a series of free play days this summer thanks to a county charity.
Families were entertained by go karting, a climbing wall, face painting and other activities during the play days held at locations including Oxford’s Rose Hill, Bicester, Eynsham and Didcot.
The final of 11 play days was held at Dalton Barracks in Abingdon on Wednesday and was attended by about 1,250 people.
Martin Gillett, manager of Oxfordshire Play Association, said: “The nice thing is lots of families attended. The play days are unique; they offer free attendance and free activities.”
Each play day costs £4,000 to run and was supported by grants from Oxfordshire County Council and district and town councils as well as businesses.
Cash from the Ministry of Defence supported the armed forces play days at barracks in Oxfordshire.
Dad-of-three Richard Peel, 47, from Cumnor, attended Dalton Barracks and said: “I have had the whole seven weeks holiday with my kids, so to find something to do every day is quite difficult. To have this is very good.”
To find out more about Oxfordshire Play Association visit oxonplay.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 779 474.
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