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Mum starts campaign for disabled swing on Rec in Stamford




Allan and kate Batty with their children Egan (9), Cohen (4) and Eddie (8 months) who are fundraising for a disabled swing at Stamford Rec EMN-160102-114620009
Allan and kate Batty with their children Egan (9), Cohen (4) and Eddie (8 months) who are fundraising for a disabled swing at Stamford Rec EMN-160102-114620009

A woman has launched a campaign to raise £10,000 to install a wheelchair-accessible swing at her local playground.

Kate Batty, 32, of Worcester Crescent, Stamford, regularly uses the equipment on the Recreation Ground with her three children Egan, nine, Cohen, four, and Eddie, eight months.

They love the equipment on offer, but while watching them play Kate realised that the options available for disabled children weren’t as good as those for able-bodied youngsters.

So she decided to do something about it.

“We are organising a charity event to raise money to get a wheelchair access swing on the Rec,” said Kate.

“The wheelchair goes in the swing.”

“We are working with the town council and the Harry Skells Trust, which has agreed to match the funds we raise.

“It will cost £10,000. But we are hoping to do a bit more of the funding ourselves because it will need maintenance.

“I don’t have disabled children, so it won’t benefit my family at all.

“But I wanted to put something back into the community.”

Kate and her husband Allan are organising a fundraising event at the Danish Invader on August 6. There will be a hog roast, live music and an auction. She hopes to see plenty of the Stamford community there to help her campaign.

And Allan will run the Rutland Water triathlon on August 14.

“We’re trying to get local people involved as much as possible, so it would be amazing if people come forward,” said Kate.

Call Kate on 07477 093997.



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