Burntisland mum sees her dream of disabled-friendly playpark come true

Councillor Kay with Megan and Claire at the park. Pic by FPA
Councillor Kay with Megan and Claire at the park. Pic by FPA

A Burntisland mum is looking forward to seeing her dream of watching her disabled daughter playing alongside her peers in the park become a reality.

Work on installing play equipment suitable for children with disabilities and additional needs is well underway at the Links playpark in the town after local woman Claire Campbell helped to raise £75,000 for the project.

And it is expected to be completed before Christmas.

Claire (39), who has a disabled daughter Megan (7), worked alongside Councillor George Kay to make the initiative happen after approaching him to see if it would be possible to have the specially designed equipment included in the Links playpark.

She said: “I am extremely excited to see it happen. It is looking absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to see Megan playing along with the other children.

“It has been a lot of hard work and had lots of delays, but it is almost complete and I’m over the moon.

“I want to say a big thanks to everyone who contributed to making it a reality.”

Councillor Kay added: “When Claire came to see me just over three years ago we had just made a substantial input in play equipment in Burntisland and felt a sense of satisfaction. However Claire brought along her daughter Megan whose difficulties demonstrated that our investments were of no use to Megan and to many of her friends.

“Claire also pointed us in the direction of how that could be put to right. She was not afraid of hard work and over the next three years she galvanised our thoughts and actions to raise the £75,000 needed to create this inclusive facility.

“We are now within a few weeks of seeing this dream come true. It will be a facility based in Burntisland but open to all children who have needs which are not being met by more conventional play areas. I would love to see it called The Megan Centre.”