Misterton: Playground opened in mum Roxi’s memory

Roxi's husband, Paul, and six children opened the playground at Misterton Primary School
Roxi's husband, Paul, and six children opened the playground at Misterton Primary School

The final goal for the Roxi Makings Memorial Fund has been reached with the opening of a children’s playground.

Roxi Makings passed away last June, aged 27, leaving behind her husband and six children, all aged under 10.

Following her death friends and family wanted to honor Roxi and build something in her memory.

Kathy Denman decided to set up the Roxi Makings Memorial Fund with the goal of eventually opening a children’s playground, which has now been unveiled.

The Roxi Makings Adventure Trail was opened on Saturday 31st August by Paul Makings and Roxi’s six children at Misterton Primary School.

A total of £13,090 was raised by the Roxi Makings Memorial Fund to pay for the new facility.

Kathy, chairman of the Roxi Makings Memorial Fund, said: “The opening went really well.”

“It was lovely.”

“It was a really nice day.”

“Bright balloons were released and the children then all played on the playground.”

Kathy met Roxi through work and following her death wanted to do something to honour her memory.

Kathy said: “We had lots of ideas put forward and her husband liked the idea of a new playground because she was a brilliant mum and loved children.”

“We have been raising money for almost a year to build a play area in Misterton as a lasting legacy of Roxi’s love of children.”

“We started fundraising last August and over the year we have held all sorts of events.”

Events included a sponsored head shave, a waxing event, car boot sales, a Night at the Oscars ball and a performance from The Torn.

Kathy added: “Lots of people have supported events over the past year.”

To raise further funds a group of people are taking part in Wild Thing.

This is a 10km obstacle course in Wild Park, in Brailsford, Derbyshire taking place on Sunday 8th September.

The course features water slides, mud swamps, cargo nets, hay bales, quick sand, assault courses and a hilly terrain.

The money raised from Wild Thing will go towards any additional extras for the playground.

For more information on the Roxi Makings Memorial Fund and to see what other events have taken place over the last 12 months you can find them on Facebook.