Goscote Greenacres (picture courtesy Walsall Council).

Reely good news as disabled anglers hook cash from cops

Goscote Greenacres (picture courtesy Walsall Council).

A cash gift of £500 from Walsall Police is set to be a “reel” boost for disabled anglers and nature lovers at Goscote Greenacres.

Officers have donated the money from the Police Property Act Fund and it will be used to improve the canalside at the Goscote Lane site, including a fishing platform.

Goscote Greenacres is based at the Goscote Centre for adults with disabilities and is being driven by them, their carers and the wider community. It is a partnership between Walsall Council’s Adult Social Care, Walsall Adult and Community College, North Walsall Area Partnership and others.

The wheelchair accessible site, in Goscote Lane, has a community cabin, raised beds and community garden plots.

Paul Mason, community development officer, said:

“We’re thrilled that the police have made this donation to Goscote Greenacres as it will help us make some real improvements to the canalside here.

“The cash will help us create a fishing platform which will be of of particular benefit to people with disabilities throughout the community.

“We’d like to thank PC Indy Malli, our local beat officer for Blakenall, for supporting us and suggesting this initiative as a worthy recipient of the cash.”

Paul added:

“Volunteers have been amazing throughout the year, getting stuck in and helping with a range of tasks from planting to path-laying. They have turned up in all weathers and we thank them for their commitment and enthusiasm.”

Groups actively working with Goscote Greenacres include Bloxwich Community Partnership, NHS Walsall, Edgar Stammers Children’s Centre, Goscote Allotment Society and the Probation Service.