Successful crowdfunding pilot paves way for bigger community projects

Families from the Alpha Road Estate have had the opportunity to make friends with some furry and exotic visitors thanks to the generosity of people from across the borough.

The pop-up petting zoo, the highlight of the estate’s annual fun day, was paid for through a crowdfunding initiative.

Jackie Paddon, Secretary of the Alpha Road Community Group, who came up with the idea said, “We wanted to give kids on the estate the opportunity to interact with a selection of animals and insects at the fun day. Keeping pets on the estate is not commonplace, and for many families, a trip to the zoo is beyond reach, so to bring the zoo to them, we needed to raise £300.

“Donations ranging between £2 to £75 were received online, and before we knew it, we had the funds we needed. I’d like to say a big thank you to all our supporters, the kids loved it, especially Nancy the chameleon lizard!”

Berrylands ward members, councillors Mike Head and Andy Johnson-Creek, got behind the initiative, using their ward funding to contribute towards the zoo.

Council officers supported Jackie to initiate her crowdfunding bid. Its successful outcome paves the way for two larger bids that are kicking-off this month:

Further details of these two community led projects will be released shortly. If you would like help initiating a crowdfunding bid, contact funding@kingston.gov.uk for more information.

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