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An eight-year-old Dalintober Primary School pupil has pushed her own disability to one side to help make a Campbeltown playpark more inclusive.
Sienna MacMillan, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy, took part in a ‘hula-thon’ during August to boost a fundraising campaign to purchase a swing-set with an adapted seat with straps on one side and a wheelchair accessible swing on the other at Jock’s Adventure Playground.
‘Sienna has hemiplegia which affects her right side, so raising money for the inclusive playpark equipment is something she was really keen to be involved with,’ explained her mum Michelle.
‘She has always enjoyed hula hooping, for as long as we can remember, and is always keen to show friends and family how long she can do it.’
It was while displaying Sienna’s hula hoop skills to Iona MacLean, who kickstarted the playpark campaign, and her husband Scott and children Esmie and Lyle that the idea for a sponsored hula-thon was born.
‘Sienna was on board straight away,’ Michelle said.
For seven days in a row, Sienna completed at least 50 consecutive spins of her hula hoop – but some days it was more than 100.
Through sponsorship, she raised an impressive £300.
‘Thank you so much to everyone who sponsored Sienna,’ Michelle said.
‘She’s delighted that people were so kind and generous; it will really make a difference for the girls and boys who can use the inclusive play equipment.
‘Sienna enjoyed every minute. Me, her daddy and her little sister Laila are so incredibly proud of her; she is our little superstar.
‘We are so happy to be involved in raising money for such a well-needed asset to the town for so many children.’
After the playpark campaign hit its initial fundraising target, the equipment was ordered and will hopefully be installed in the coming weeks.
With some fundraising activities ongoing, any additional money raised, including Sienna’s contribution, will help fund the equipment’s maintenance.