Councillors Gareth Lloyd-Johnson, Yaso Sathiy and John Dodd are pictured in Botanic Gardens in Churchtown in Southport next to the lake

The Make A Change For Botanic group in Churchtown in Southport has been given a huge boost to its campaign, thanks to a generous £5,000 donation through Ward funding from the Meols Ward Liberal Democrat councillors.

The funding will go towards the ambition to dredge the park’s lakes. 

The councillors have been working closely with the Make a Change for Botanic group and Botanic Gardens Community Association, whose volunteers have led the maintenance of the park for the past 11 years, and wanted to support them by making a substantial financial contribution.

Make A Change For Ben was set up by David Rawsthorne last year after the tragic death of his best friend, Ben Smith-Crallan. Ben, 37, died after falling into the lake at the park. 

People who would like to donate to the campaign can do so via the Make A Change For Botanic page on JustGiving here

David’s aim ever since has been to raise awareness of the desperate need to clean up the Botanic Gardens Lake. 

This remains the main focus of this campaign, along with helping to raise funds for other repairs, renovations and initiatives.

Councillor Yaso Sathiy, one of the three Lib Dem councillors in Meols, said: 

“We have always supported projects within Botanic Gardens and we felt it was important to continue that support, especially for the plans to dredge the lake.

“The Make a Change group and the long-standing work of the Botanic Gardens Community Association have both achieved a great deal and their drive to improve the Gardens is wonderful to see. 

“We will continue to support and work together with the Make a Change group and the Botanic Gardens Community Association to make real progress.

“We really are so lucky to have the Botanic Garden and we will always work together to maintain and improve the gardens for residents.” 

Chair of the Make a Change group, David Rawsthorne, said: 

“Thank you so much to the Meols Ward councillors for this substantial £5,000 donation to that Botanic Gardens lake campaign.

“Gestures of this kind will hopefully encourage others to help out. Myself and Jess Thwaites, my campaign partner, applaud their generosity.”

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