Bespoke sponsors of Friends of Marple Memorial Park
Bespoke Sponsors are businesses who have come up with a unique way of supporting Friends of the Park that suits their special skills or circumstances. This doesn't have to cost a great deal of money but can involve commitment of time, resources, specialist skills and enthusiasm in varying measures. Thank you very much to our "Bespoke Sponsors"!
Julian Wadden is the estate agents on the Hollins - just around the corner to the entrance of the park.
Their Marple Branch has worked with us to organise a Family Treasure Hunt in the park since they first had the idea in 2015. The event has grown in popularity each year since it began, raising £402 in 2015, £941 in 2016, £1,450 in 2017, £2,154 in 2018 and £2,807 in 2019 - a grand total of £7,644 to date.
Sarah Laker at Marple Stationery Supplies has been a regular supporter of Friends of the Park for many years. From help with our printing to sponsoring trophies at our Skatepark Event, from supporting our Treasure Hunts, to donating tombola prizes at Carnivals and Food Festivals.
Sarah was also a big help with our Pavilion Art Project in 2020, giving us a local pick-up point for artists to collect templates and to drop-off their designs, and in the same year chose us to be the beneficiary of her 2021 Marple calendar.
RIP Kevin Dowling
As local author KC Dowling, Kevin supported the park by donating a share of the income from his books "A Man of Insignificance" and "The Red Hat Guide to Manchester". Kevin was planning to repeat this generosity with his new book of poems shortly before his sad demise in October 2020.
Kevin's family knew this and chose Friends of Marple Memorial Park to be his charity for donations in lieu of flowers.
As a local councillor and Chair of Marple Area Committee during the time of our Skatepark Development Project, Kevin was very supportive and helpful, representing the council at our tender scoring meeting with local skatepark users in Marple Library.
Go Local - Marple News run by Dharmesh and Nidhi Patel had a major refurbishment during the summer of 2020 and they held a Grand Opening Day on Saturday 18 July to relaunch the new shop. Dharmesh and Nedhi have been regular supporters of our Annual Family Treasure Hunt and it was thanks to this that they chose Friends of the Park to be the beneficiary of their raffle.
Local artist Sarah Morley held an exhibition entitled "Art from the Parks" between 15 and 29 March at Marple Library in support of the Skatepark Project and managed to raise a brilliant total of £263 for our cause. This included £67 collected in donations and a contribution of £196 from the proceeds of the artwork sold.
Sarah is a local artist, living near Marple, and has a studio in Vernon Mill. The art featured in the exhibition showed different views and aspects of local parks, including those in and around Marple. Sarah first became interested in this subject matter when the Council was consulting on making cutbacks to the local parks last year and she thought it would be great subject for some paintings to hopefully get people more engaged with the wonderful and varied parks that we have around Stockport.