Burntisland playpark plans going swingingly

The Brownies, Guides and Rainbows from Burntisland who carried out fundraising for an inclusive playpark in the town
The Brownies, Guides and Rainbows from Burntisland who carried out fundraising for an inclusive playpark in the town

Plans to build an inclusive playpark as part of an existing facility in Burntisland are gathering momentum.

A number of fundraising efforts by groups in the town have seen the total amount available to buy equipment to allow children with physical and learning disabilities to join their peers in having fun, given a boost.

Over the past few weeks a talent show by pupils from Burntisland Primary School raised £330, the local Rainbows, Brownies and Guides raised £430 and a church in the town raised a further £140.

Claire Masterton, who initially approached Councillor George Kay with the idea of expanding the playpark on Burntisland Links to include play equipment suitable for children with disabilities, says she is delighted with the enthusiasm shown by people towards the initiative.

“The whole community has come together and been extremely supportive with the project. We are aiming to have all funds together by March so work can get started in March.

“The school’s talent show was fantastic and all the kids and staff put in such a lot of work to pull off what was a fabulous show.

“The Brownies’, Rainbows’ and Guides’ fundraiser was very innovative. The children had to compete various tasks as if they had a disability so they could get an insight into just how difficult it can be for people with disabilities to do simple things most of us take for granted.”

Councillor Kay added: “I really welcome the way that the community has pulled together to bring something that is sadly lacking in the Fife Council portfolio to the town and give children who are disadvantaged the reasonable right to play alongside their peers.”

If anyone would like to get involved in fundraising for the project, they can contact Claire on 07867 507279.