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Supporters of the Sheringham Play Park receive a donation from the family of Jamie Wright, middle left to right, Nessa Wright (Jamie's wife), Emily Wright (Jamie's daughter) and Chris Wright (Jamie's brother) PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
By sophie wyllie
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The brother of two well-known Sheringham businessmen hopes to raise thousands of pounds for an “unsafe” play area in their memory in a summer raffle.
Jamie Wright, 38, who died in October last year, and his brother Andy, 34, who died 10 years before that, ran Blyth and Wright Ironmongers on Station Road with their brother Chris.
After Jamie died from a rare blood disorder, his remaining family gave the Sheringham Playpark Revamp project £1,200 from the funeral proceeds.
The project was set up last August by mums who wanted to raise £100,000 to improve equipment on the Cromer Road playpark.
Chris Wright, 46, said: “We wanted to do something for the town and one of the prominent areas was the playpark because we grew up there and played on it as children.”
He added that it had got into a poor state and hoped the raffle, which will be held on August 7, would raise £5,000.
Prizes include items donated by suppliers to Blyth and Wright, which was set up in 1897. As well as being an ironmongers, it now sells goods for the home and the kitchen.
Chris is the is the third generation of the Wright family to run the Sheringham business.
Emma White, 33, who is on the Sheringham Playpark Committee, said: “As a group we are incredibly touched that the business has chosen to support us again. This raffle is expected to be huge. It shows the generosity of the town.”
She added: “The playpark is in dire need of repair.”
So far the committee has raised more than £4,700 and it is believed some of the equipment is 35 years old.
Group co-founder Rebecca Burrows, 25, said: “It is not safe any more and some of the equipment has been deemed unsafe and has been removed. We want to create an area so it is not just for young people. It will be nice if older people can sit there too. We want to create a communal park.”
Raffle tickets will be on sale at Blyth and Wright, where the raffle will be held, from July 1.