AN appeal has been launched to save Wicksteed Park as administrators are called in.
The shock news revealed The Wicksteed Charitable Trust, which owns the park, has launched a fundraising appeal.
Wicksteed Park is the oldest theme park on the UK mainland and one of the oldest in the world. But it has reported being unable to avoid going into administration, with the loss of 48 permanent staff and 67 part-time and other jobs, due to the strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement on its website, Oliver Wicksteed, chairman of the trust, said: “We are all devastated by what has happened and the effect this will have on our staff, their families and our visitors.
“We fully appreciate the effect this decision will have on staff members who have already been through months of uncertainty and difficulty due to Covid-19 and we are working hard to ensure they have access to the support and advice they need at this time.
“We are working hard to enable the park to continue but the reality is that without urgent significant support Wicksteed Park will not survive as we know it.”
A Just Giving page has been launched and anyone who can help is urged to visit https://www.justgiving.com/wicksteedcharitabletrust
It is understood staff were informed today (Monday June 15).
A statement on its website reads: “The charity has said it will endeavour to continue funding the opening of the park and pavilion so that people can still enjoy this important local amenity whilst exercising and also to appreciate the open space which is crucial to physical and mental well-being.
“The charity has also pledged to honour any bookings for forthcoming events as well as annual passes and will endeavour to retain functions and shows in the park Pavilion as soon as government guidelines allow and it is practical.”
You can read the full statement here – https://wicksteedpark.org/press-centre/announcement?fbclid=IwAR19cr1YLhkqvkzJG-NAl_XZjUWPf9hFoJQkpMmIdhLkXPqc7bJc5-0AR9U