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Swinging play area for the disabled

PUBLISHED: 16:30 14 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

DISABLED children can now have a swinging time, too, thanks to new play equipment provided at a Felixstowe sports centre.

It is the first time in the town and the whole of the Suffolk Coastal district that equipment for youngsters with disabilities has been installed at a playpark.

DISABLED children can now have a swinging time, too, thanks to new play equipment provided at a Felixstowe sports centre.

It is the first time in the town and the whole of the Suffolk Coastal district that equipment for youngsters with disabilities has been installed at a playpark.

The new bucket-seat swings, which have special straps to hold a child in place and tough plastic coverings on the chains to protect their hands, have been installed at Brackenbury Sports Centre in High Road East.

The swings, plus conventional swings for able-bodied toddlers and older children, have been provided as a partnership project by Felixstowe Rotary Club and Suffolk Coastal council.

The Rotarians came up with the idea after being approached by a social services link worker who looks after a disabled boy. She told them that the child loved the movement of a swing but found difficulty using conventional swings.

Rotary club president David Richardson said it had been two years' hard work and fundraising to bring the project to fruition and he was delighted to see it in place. He thanked the council for its help, especially in advice over choosing the most suitable site.

Mr Richardson joined council chairman Doreen Savage to cut a ribbon to open the equipment.

Mrs Savage said it was a "another splendid example of co-operation between organisations to provide play equipment in Felixstowe" and she expressed a growing admiration for the work of the rotary clubs.

WEBLINK: www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

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