Hammersmith & Fulham

Hammersmith & Fulham Council opened its first disability-friendly playground thanks to a campaign run by a devoted local mother.

Hammersmith mum Hayley Wedgbury raised £7,000 for a wheel-chair accessible swing for her nine-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy, Mia, and other children who use Wormholt Park.

The sum was matched by H&F Council who have also installed a wheelchair accessible roundabout and trampoline, as well as equipment for children with sensory impairments.

“Disabled children should be able to enjoy playgrounds and feel as part of the community as every other child,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion.

“I’m delighted we could help fulfil Hayley’s and Mia’s wish to create an inclusive playground for every local family in need of one. The passion she has for improving the life of her daughter and those of other disabled children is a real inspiration.”

The new play area is part of a huge £1million overhaul of Wormholt Park, funded by a local developer. It includes a new adventure playground, planting, footpaths, a refurbished ball court and other improvements.

Hayley also campaigned and along with Parentsactive successfully fundraised through Tesco Bag of Life £12,000 for a Disabled swing in Ravenscourt Park in June 2017.

https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/articles/news/2016/05/council-and-local-mum-help-open-disability-friendly-playground

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