David Reid, 12, is bidding to win £30,000 in funding to improve West End Play Area and has gained support from neighbours.
A 12-year-old boy’s bid to win £30,000 in funding for a new play park has been backed by more than 13,000 votes.
David Reid is calling on his neighbours to help win the money to make improvements to West End Play Area in Oswaldtwistle.
It comes after David launched his campaign to get better facilities at the Blackburn Road play area for his eight-year-old brother Jack and 20-month-old sister Megan.
The playground is one of 36 play areas across the country in the running for the cash.
The play area is currently in second place behind another facility in Gateshead in a contest organised by margarine company Flora and environmental regeneration charity Groundwork.
A public vote opened on August 20 via Facebook and David’s mum Jackie said David has been busy trying to get more people to give their support.
She said: “He was out over the weekend handing out flyers, putting up posters in town and telling people about the competition.
“The community has been incredibly supportive of David and what he is trying to do.”
People are invited to meet at the play area at midday on Saturday, September 15, to collect leaflets to hand out.
Equipment on the play area is beginning to rust and some of it has been blighted by graffiti.
Jackie said St Christopher’s High School pupil David has been keeping tabs on the voting.
She added: “You can vote once a day, which David has been doing, and we hope others are as well.”
In July David spoke to the Oswaldtwistle Area Council about the play area.
Councillor Peter Britcliffe, chairman of the council, said winning the funding will help to make David’s dreams come true.
He said: “I would urge Observer readers to just spare a few minutes and go online and vote for this scheme.”
Voting takes place via Facebook at www.flora. com/playground from now until midnight on Sunday, September 30.