Buckingham Playground Fraud Recovery Appeal

Buckingham Events is the charity which raises funds for Buckingham Park Primary School in Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex, which educates nearly 600 children aged 4 to 11. 

We have worked tirelessly alongside the children, families and the local community over the last three years to raise funds for a £75,000 renovation of the lower school’s playground which had become badly worn and posed a safety risk in adverse weather.

Unfortunately, in October 2018, Buckingham Events became a victim of online fraudsters whereby an email containing a legitimate invoice was intercepted, resulting in £19,000 intended to pay for part of the playground renovation being transferred to a fraudulent account. Whilst the incident is still currently under police investigation, we have been advised that these funds cannot be recovered as they have now left UK territory.

This callous attack has caused a devastating setback to the project and we now have a mammoth task ahead to move forward with the plans before the next stream of winter weather kicks in.

We are therefore appealing to our community to help us recoup some of this  stolen money as soon as possible to help ensure our children get the safe playground they deserve and need.

We would be grateful for any donation, large or small, to help recoup the lost funds and  you can also help by sharing this page with friends and family on social media.

Thank you so much for your support.

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  • Susan Willson 
    • £20 
    • 1 mo
  • Denise Thornton 
    • £50 
    • 2 mos
  • Stephen Hampton 
    • £25 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • £500 
    • 2 mos
  • David Rowson 
    • £20 
    • 2 mos

Fundraising team: Buckingham Events Team (6) 

Helen Cook 
Raised £140 from 5 donations
Shoreham-by-Sea, South East England, United Kingdom
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Jodie Dyer 
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Raised £279 from 12 donations
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