Children have got a new playground in which to spend their summer holidays, thanks to one little girl's cry for help.
Abigail Haggar, nine, of Hill Lane, Ruislip, sent an email to the Gazette in May 2006 asking for help in cleaning up Hill Lane playground.
Now thanks to Hillingdon Council and the Hill Lane Hurricanes residents' group, the playground has been completely refurbished and was officially opened last Thursday.
Abigail's mother and chair-woman of the Hill Lane Hurricanes, Becky Haggar, 40, said: "About three years ago my daughter went into the play-ground because we had just moved here - and it was just awful.
"There was just some swings, a little roundabout and a seesaw, and there was glass all over the floor. It was very basic.
"Abigail wrote in to the Gazette saying we want to sort the playground out and the council saw the letter and picked it up.
"Together with Councillor (Philip) Corthorne we got a meeting at the civic centre and it escalated from there. We set up a residents' group and applied for a Chrysalis grant."
The group managed to get £75,000 from Hillingdon Council's Chrysalis regeneration fund, and another £30,000 from the council's Street Champions scheme.
All nine members of the Hill Lane Hurricanes went to the opening of the playground, as well as Mr Corthorne, the Mayor of Hillingdon, Brian Crowe, and members of the emergency services.
Mrs Haggar said: "Everyone came together and that is what made it work. If it was just residents it would have taken years to do.
"We are working on clearing the allotments now in Hill Lane, to get them up and running."
A minute's silence was also held at the opening for West Ruislip councillor Solveig Stone, who died on Tuesday last week and had been involved with the playground refurbishment scheme.