A Suffolk youth charity will use money from the Cash for Charity scheme to create a new ‘playscape’ where children can enjoy storytelling and children with special educational needs or disability (SEND) can play safely. 

Woodbridge-based Jetty Lane CIO is one of 10 charities across Suffolk and Norfolk that readers can collect tokens for to win a share of £16,000 from the charitable arm of Newsquest Media Group’s parent company, the Gannett Foundation, which owns the EADT and Ipswich Star. 

The charity’s trustee Cordelia Richman said: “We are all very pleased to have been chosen to participate in the Cash for Charity scheme, the money raised will kickstart our fundraising campaign to build a playscape at our site in Woodbridge. 

“Jetty Lane is a small local charity and our mission is to provide facilities which have been missing since the youth centre in Woodbridge was demolished in 2016.” 

East Anglian Daily Times: Jetty Lane needs to raise £100,000 for the playscapeJetty Lane needs to raise £100,000 for the playscape (Image: Charlotte Bond)

She said building would start on the new playscape next year, which would be different to a traditional playground because it would be part of the natural environment and provide opportunities for free, unstructured play designed to stimulate the imagination. 

She added: “It is a place that relies on and develops children’s creative play instincts, encouraging both shared and lone learning experiences, supports physical play, social bonding, risk taking and discovery of the natural world while learning about environment stewardship.” 

The charity is hoping to raise £100,000 for the playscape, with the funding from Cash for Charity providing a start. 

The full list of charities involved with the scheme includes Broomhill Trust, Winston's Wheels, Footsteps Walking With You, Jetty Lane CIO, UK Norwich, Dereham Meeting Point, the 1st Attleborough (St Mary's) Scout Group and North Walsham Play, as well as Topcats. 

Tokens found in the Ipswich Star and East Anglian Daily Times can be taken to Cash for Charity collection boxes at local supermarkets, newsagents and other prominent locations in the area, or by sending to Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE. 

The last tokens should arrive ahead of Sunday, November 20.