The sun shone down on a charity fundraiser in Marlow this weekend as hundreds of people descended on Riley Park for a fun day aimed at youngsters.

Kind-hearted residents hosted a fundraiser for the Riley Park Trust on Saturday as part of the Love Marlow festival, and raised more than £1,800 to help preserve the park for future generations.

Anna Morant, who helped to organise the event with fellow resident Adela Hollingsworth and a number of other Marlow ladies, said the group was delighted with the money raised.

She said: “This was the first event the ladies have organised and it went so smoothly it almost ran itself.

“The sun was shining and we had literally hundreds of people attend throughout the day.

“We have had so many lovely comments as feedback and requests to do it again next year.

“It’s lovely to think that [the money] will be used by the trustees to help preserve the park for future generations to enjoy. It’s giving a little back to the community we love.”

Trust chairman Tony Shannon and secretary Mary Shannon thanked the group for its efforts, saying they were “overwhelmed” by the “supreme” organisation of the event.

They wrote in a letter to the group, also sent to the Marlow Free Press: “The community event for young children in the aprk was an amazing success.

“It was such a pleasure to be a part of it and see the community out in force, and the children so happy and enjoying so many wonderful activities.

“The trust is very appreciative of the profile this event has given to the park in creating further awareness that it is a registered charity, and every penny has been raised to secure the park's future in the town.

“We thank everyone involved sincerely for their interest, hard work and contribution towards this most valuable facility in the town.”

They said the funds raised would be a “major boost” to the trust’s income.

Visitors enjoyed a range of activities, including bouncy castles, a walk-in balloon experience, assault course and barbecue, as well as around 60 stalls.