Children join forces for the great Jam Jar Challenge

Victoria Truman

Across Tunbridge Wells youngsters have been out and about raising money for their own adventure playground in Calverley Grounds.

During June they came up with various ideas to collect money that they then put into jam jars.

“The passion and energy children have given to the Jam Jar Challenge has been truly inspiring. Stories of children baking, craft making, bike riding, singing, dancing, helping with household chores and even donating tooth fairy money, have flooded the Calverley Adventure Grounds Facebook page” said Caroline Roberts, Community Fundraising Coordinator for the project.

The recent Pantiles Craft Market also saw young entrepreneurs (pictured) taking ownership of their fundraising efforts by providing a variety of tempting handmade items to sell on their stall.

“I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community all pulling together to raise funds to build a new playground” said Melissa Bandtock, mother of three young children.

Collection efforts end this Friday (July 8) when jam jar money should be taken into participating schools or directly to Perk and Pearl on Grove Hill Road.

Once the total amount raised has been calculated, ‘Top Fundraiser’ wristbands will be handed to all children who have raised £15 or more, along with a treat and trophy awarded to the top class and top school.

The new adventure playground will cost £225,000. So far £30,000 has been raised.

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