Please see the following statement from the group responsible for the fundraising for the new wheelchair swing currently being installed in Alford Play Park.
” Three years ago a group of friends decided to raise money to purchase a wheelchair accessible swing in Alford Play Park.
Children and young adults with special needs or a disability can often feel excluded from mainstream society.
As there was no disabled play equipment in our local community we welcomed an opportunity to fund-raise to provide the Alford play park with a wheelchair accessible swing that would benefit children and young adults in the community and surrounding areas.
Play parks should be accessible and available for everybody to use, yet for many disabled children the simple pleasure of using a swing, which should be part of everybody’s childhood, has been denied.
Like all children, disabled children have the right to learn and have fun through play.
The swing that is now being installed in the Alford play park is an Ability Swing that will be enclosed and can only be accessed by an access key, preventing entry to anyone except wheelchair users and their carers.
We raised £14,700 and this money has been donated to Aberdeenshire council, going towards the purchase and installation of the new swing.
We would be grateful if you could take a minute to discuss the importance of this project with your child and to reiterate how beneficial this swing will be for the disabled children and young adults in our community and that this is for the sole use of wheelchair users as we would wish to avoid the swing being vandalised or misused through a lack of understanding.”
For the safety of future users of the swing, please do not use or move the equipment until the security fence has been removed. This will allow the foundations to fully harden.
A video of this type of swing in action can be found below.