Leader, April 23 2021

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All children deserve to play

Campbeltown mother-of-two Iona MacLean is inspirational for leading the campaign to raise funds for a swingset for people of all abilities at Jock’s Adventure Playground.

This inclusive equipment, which is designed to be suitable for those with cognitive and physical disabilities, will not only benefit Iona’s son but many, many other children.

Iona said often people don’t realise the need for such equipment until it is their own child, grandchild, niece or nephew who could benefit from it.

There is already a wheelchair accessible roundabout at Jock’s Adventure Playground but it is currently in need of repair, meaning children with physical disabilities cannot use any of the equipment.

This is something worth bearing in mind when installing or updating playpark equipment in the future because, as Iona said, all children deserve to play.

With a pledge of £10,000 from an external funder already secured, the campaigners are seeking the additional £15,000 required to purchase the swings.

This is a substantial amount to raise but allowing children of all abilities access to play equipment is priceless.

Campbeltown is renowned for its community spirit and generosity. There are lots of brilliant causes worth supporting but if ever there was one the whole community could get behind, it is surely this.

Let’s make play inclusive in Campbeltown.