The Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust has announced that the television presenter Sue Barker has agreed to become patron of a fundraising appeal for Cockington Country Park in Torbay.
The presenter said: “I am delighted to become the Patron of the Cockington Green Heart Restoration Appeal. Growing up in Torbay I have fond memories of Cockington as a green oasis and wholeheartedly support the Trust in its desire to restore it for future generations to enjoy.”
Sue grew up with her family in Paignton before going on to have a successful tennis career which included winning the French Open. She is now well known as the host of Question of Sport and the BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon.
“It is fantastic news that Sue has agreed to be the Patron of the appeal, she is very selective about the causes she supports but she felt this was one that was close to her heart. The restoration of Cockington is vitally important not just for the Trust but Torbay as a whole and Sue’s involvement will really help raise the profile of the project,” said Nick Powe, Chairman of the Trust.
The Cockington Green Heart Appeal aims to raise £150,000 through donations, which will help secure a grant of £550,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the restoration of the Country Park. A series of fundraising events and activities will kick off in July with a 10km run around Cockington in aid of the appeal. If you would like to know more about the park and the appeal visit the new website. www.cockingtonpark.org.uk
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