Eight-Year-Old Writes Letter To Council Asking Why There Are No Swings For Her Disabled Brother


An eight-year-old girl wrote a letter to her
local council asking why they haven’t installed any swings
that are accessible for her disabled brother.

Naomi Gwynne, from Lanarkshire, Scotland, and her twin
brother Isaac had been eagerly waiting for the new park near
their home to open.

But when it did, Naomi was frustrated that her brother
couldn’t go on the swings, despite them being his favourite
piece of equipment.

In a letter to the park builders, and tweeted to South Lanarkshire
Council
 on Sunday 19 March, she wrote: “I like the
new park but please could you make a disabled swing for it?

“Isaac my twin brother is too big for a baby swing and can’t
hold on to the bars of the grown-up swings.”

”His favourite thing is a swing and we are both sad,” Naomi
continued.

“Why did you forget about him? I have drawn a swing he would
like, thank you.”

Naomi drew a swing with a metal seat on the letter. 

The young girl’s mum, Miriam Gwynne, told Metro.co.uk that Isaac is visually impaired
with a brain tumour.

“I read [Naomi’s] letter through tears as I suddenly
realised she was right,” the mum said. “Her brother who has
severe autism, a brain tumour and severe learning
difficulties had no swing.

“I am so proud of her! She has autism herself, so to have
though to write a letter is incredible.”

Gwynne tweeted the letter to the council and was chuffed when
she received a response.

“We try to include different pieces of inclusive play
equipment in each of our play areas to offer variety,” a
spokesperson for the council replied.

“We have asked the designer to look into whether the existing
swing frame can incorporate a disabled seat for Isaac.

“Thanks for letting us know about this.”

Gwynne tweeted to the council on 20 March: “Thank you for
listening to my daughter.”

She told HuffPost UK she was “happy” they responded but
disappointed the swings were not included in the first
place. 


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