Teddy toddlers raise a grand total for playpark

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A group of pre-school children are celebrating after raising nearly £1,000 through two ‘teddy toddles’.

Armed with their favourite cuddly toys, the youngsters took part in two sponsored walks last month to help raise money for Campbeltown mum Iona MacLean’s campaign to purchase an inclusive, wheelchair accessible swing-set for Jock’s Adventure Playground.

Iona launched the fundraising campaign after noticing the lack of equipment for children with less ability when taking her children, seven-year-old Esmie and four-year-old Lyle, who has autism, to playparks in Campbeltown and surrounding villages.

Childminders Sarah Mckeown and Carol Linfield organised the ‘teddy toddles’, which raised an impressive £950, for the children who attend their settings.

The tots were armed with their favourite teddies as they completed the sponsored walks.
The tots were armed with their favourite teddies as they completed the sponsored walks.

The tots, aged between one and five years old, walked, ran and danced from Campbeltown Ferry Terminal to the former paddling pool, where they received special medals and certificates and enjoyed a picnic.

Sarah said: ‘Lyle has attended my setting for the past three years and we wanted to do something that the other children could join in with to help their friend raise the funds needed to purchase the inclusive play equipment.’

The youngsters received special medals and certificates at the finish line.
The youngsters received special medals and certificates at the finish line.

Contributions to the inclusive playpark campaign can be donated straight to Iona using the following bank account details: Name: Mrs Iona-Marie MacLean; Account number: 10417961; Sort code: 80-45-68.

Alternatively, donations can be made via the campaign’s online fundraising page at gofundme.com/f/inclusive-swing-for-campbeltown-playpark