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Crowdfunder appeal for Swanage Skatepark

Swanage Skatepark Crowdfunder appeal

Swanage Skatepark Community Project launches Crowdfunder to give skatepark fundraising a rolling start!

By Heidi Florence, Swanage Skatepark Community Project

Registered charity, Swanage Skatepark Community Project (SSCP) aims to raise £20k in community crowdfunding towards the cost of rebuilding Swanage Skatepark by 9th June to be awarded with £6k in match funding from Sport England.

Swanage Town Council removed a large portion of skate ramps in 2023 when they became unsafe, without the funds to replace them. These ramps are sorely missed, especially because they were most used by beginners to build their confidence. After resurfacing some of the skatepark area, Swanage Town Council committed £15,000 towards the cost of new equipment, however this is nowhere near enough to restore the skatepark to be the valuable community resource it once was. SSCP volunteers, led by Lorna Haines who has a long legacy of fundraising for the Skatepark, are working to secure local and national funding to raise £200,000 to replace and improve on the lost ramps. This campaign is important as it shows funders the local community of Swanage support the skatepark.

It was in 2003 that Lorna Haines ran her first London Marathon to raise money for Swanage Skatepark. Now, 20 years later, Lorna is due to run another marathon to raise money for the Skatepark; she will take part in the North Dorset Village Marathon and Relay on 5th May 2024.

Lorna Haines says:
‘Rebuilding the skatepark to ensure we have a fun and accessible facility will lead to more positive outcomes for the young people of Swanage. Wheel based sports are known for creating a better sense of wellbeing and can attract people who wouldn’t normally engage in mainstream sports. Happier and healthier young people create positive ripples that will be felt by the rest of our community too.’

The Swanage Skatepark Crowdfunder campaign has been generously supported by local businesses who have offered some great rewards in return for your donations. For example: by contributing £10 to the future of the skatepark you could get a voucher for a buy 1 get 1 free cream tea at Brook Tea Rooms or a donation of £100 could be rewarded with a sea kayak experience for two from Fore Adventure.

Lorna Haines, Swanage Skatepark

James Woodford from SSCP says

‘When I was younger this was always a busy place, we had no idea it was only funded and provided by Lorna’s efforts. Now the skatepark and the young people of Swanage are suffering again, another setback for this generation who already lost so much due to Covid-19 lockdowns. This is not just about building a bigger skatepark; creating better physical infrastructure will give people of all ages an alternative social and physical outlet and bring more vitality to the town. We really need the community to get behind this. There have been loads of positive changes in the area recently, new businesses and improvements that make Purbeck a better place, let’s not stop now.’

The Crowdfunder will be live from Monday 15th April and will close 9th June after the Skatepark Community Day, kindly funded by #Willdoes.

Click here to make a donation to the Swanage Skatepark Crowdfunder 

Find more info on the Swanage Skatepark website.  

Or email:

Swanage Skatepark Community Project is a Swanage and Purbeck Development Trust project, registered charity no: 1162662.

Swanage Skatepark Community Project are also looking for volunteers who could donate their time to help our project in the long term AND we’re looking for volunteers to bake a cake for sale at the Skatepark Community Day taking place 1st June. If you can help please email:

Read more about The Swanage Skatepark Community Day

Swanage Skate park Community day
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