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Fundraiser launched to enhance play park at Balmedie with inclusive swings


By Kyle Ritchie

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A fundraising project has been launched to install inclusive swings that can be used by disabled children at Balmedie Country Park.

Belhelvie Community Trust are behind the plans to purchase the play equipment for the benefit of residents and visitors.

In the area already there is Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs, which allows people with disability or mobility issues to access the beach. The play park also has an inclusive roundabout.

A spokeswoman for the fundraiser said in an online statement: "Belhelive Community Trust is trying to make Balmedie Country Park an inclusive play area for all abilities.

"We have a massive footfall in the area of people coming to enjoy the beauty of Balmedie beach.

"Their aim is to provide fun and inclusion for everyone who comes to visit. Already they have set up the Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs, which allows people who would not normally be able to reach the sand to do so.

"The next step is to try and make the park at the beach as inclusive for all.

"Belhelvie Community Trust has already raised funds and installed an inclusive roundabout which has had great feedback from the community, being used by both disabled and non disabled families. It has been a great asset to the village.

"They are now hoping to expand and install some inclusive swings, which would allow disabled children more opportunities to play at the park, feel included with siblings, and just have a great time here at Balmedie.

The type of inclusive swings that the Belhelvie Community Trust are looking to install at the play park.
The type of inclusive swings that the Belhelvie Community Trust are looking to install at the play park.

"Having these facilities here would provide a much lacking service for disabled children in the surrounding areas.

"Being a mother of a disabled child, I know just how vital these inclusive areas are, not only for the enjoyment of the child, but enjoyment for the whole family to be able to interact together.

"We would really appreciate your support in this and hope for your donation."

Anyone who would like to donate to the project can do so online by visiting www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/BalmedieInclusiveSwing


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