Fundraising at Wicksteed Park: Why we need donations and who’s helped us
Wicksteed Park has been run by a charitable trust since its inception, in 1916. Today it is still a charity and is owned and run by Wicksteed Charitable Trust.
Wicksteed Park is a Grade II listed park, meaning it is deemed by English Heritage to have particular historic significance and needs special protection. It is the oldest leisure park in the country, having officially opened its gates in 1921. It was created by a local businessman, engineer and philanthropist, Charles Wicksteed, to provide the people of Kettering with a place for healthy, outdoor recreation.
Our full history can be found here. We have many years of history to conserve and share. The park is owned by Wicksteed Charitable Trust, established in 1916 (then Wicksteed Village Trust), so has no financial support from the government, or other organisations.
It’s sole income is via Wicksteed Park Ltd, which is the commercial arm of the Trust. All profit made from car parking, rides, refreshments, venue hire etc. goes back into the Trust for the upkeep and improvement of the park.The money is also used for special projects, for example as “match funding” for grant applications.
In 2013, we were lucky enough to be granted a Heritage Lottery Fund award to restore the main lake. The project cost over £2 million, so the Trust had to use a large amount of its reserves to match the money HLF gave. The immediate outcome is truly remarkable, but the real investment is a long term one.
We also have some kind people who donate their own money to help us. Jim Marchant made a substantial donation to the archive project in 2014, allowing us to buy some fireproof storage and specialist scanning equipment to help digitise our larger documents.
Also two lovely ladies, Nikky and Katie, ran a half marathon for us and raised £600 in sponsorship for a sensory garden which we are in the process of planning and hope to see get started soon.
Thank you so much to everyone!
If you would like to support Wicksteed Charitable Trust and help us look after and improve this historic, much loved park, we’d be very grateful. Find out how you can help by emailing our Community Link Manager, Tracey Clarke:Email Tracey