£150k accessible playpark gets Tesco backing

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It is looking more likely that an accessible playpark costing £150,000 and featuring specialist play equipment will be installed in a Scottish Border town after the project received a supermarket cash injection.

The playpark for disabled children, in Stow, hopes to be the first accessible park of its kind in the region after winning £4,000 from the latest Tesco Bags of Help customer vote in Galashiels.

The cheque was collected by a supporter of the Stow Community Park project, Candy Rafferty, who said that the costs associated with disabled access and special needs equipment are often out of reach and the money will go a long way to help the Stow committee to achieving its goal, according to the Border Telegraph.

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Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme supports projects across the UK, including those which aim to bring mobility equipment to disabled communities. Each project nominated for the scheme receives a minimum of £1,000.

The installation of accessible play areas and the demand for specialist play equipment is becoming more widespread as campaigners push for equal rights to play for disabled children.

Councils and fundraising projects are increasingly putting money into accessible play equipment.

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