Following horrific scenes at Cupar children’s gala yesterday, the parents of injured girl Summer Wroniecki, have vowed today’s postponed ‘Wee Kiltwalk’ event will go ahead as soon as she has recovered.
At 2.15pm yesterday a gust of wind caused a large inflatable slide to take off injuring several people including Summer (6) who was pushed into a fairground ride, which was one of several attractions at the annual gala in Duffus Park.
Medics were quickly on the scene and Summer was found to have injuries which included a broken bone where a plate was fitted in her hip recently. The primary 2 pupil only recently recovered from cancer and has been the high profile facve of the ‘Team Summer’ fundraising campaign for several charities including the Fife Herald & St Andrews Citizen’s nominated charity, TCCL Lodge, which is currently renovating a property in St Andrews for use as a holiday home for children with cancer and their families.
Posting on facebook this morning, Chris Wroniecki said: “We would like to say thanks to everyone for their kind words at this horrible time. Summer, who is in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, will be having an operation on Tuesday. She’s a tough cookie and will bounce back.”
A decision was taken late last night to postpone ‘Summer’s Wee Walk’ which had been organised to raise money for TCCL Lodge and Castlehill Primary School at Duffus Park today (Sunday).
Family friend Darren Liddle said: “We will look to rearrange this over the next couple of weeks so that Summer can be part of it.”
Darren, who is taking on the Great Wall of China trek with Chris in September to raise funds for TCCL Lodge, added: “Thanks to everyone for their support and understanding at this time.”
TCCL Lodge chairperson Rosalie Wilkie said she was extremely sorry to hear Summer had been injured and wish her a speedy recovery.
Thanking everyone who helped yesterday, a spokesperson for Cupar Children’s Gala said the gala was ‘fully risk assessed and fulfilled by the committee and service providers prior to the gala commencing’.
A statement said: “Unfortunately due to adverse weather conditions, outwith our control, an emergency situation did occur. The incident is currently being investigated and any findings will be announced once available.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police in Fife attended an incident in Cupar after one adult and four children - the youngest being six years old- were injured by an inflatable slide. The inflatable was blown around 150 yards. Most of the injuries were minor and were treated at the scene by the Scottish Ambulance Service. One child and an adult have been taken to hospital for further tests.”
It is understood the Health and Safety Executive were due to attend the scene.
Anyone who would like to donate to the TCCL Lodge appeal can visit the website www.tccl-lodge.org.uk or text TCCL01