Sister To The Rescue! 8-Year-Old Writes Council About Park Swing For Twin Brother With Special Needs
An 8-year-old girl sent a letter to her council after a park visit with her twin brother with special needs. The park's new playground didn't have any swing for disabled children, which disappointed Naomi Gwynne. So, she made her plea to the ones in charge.
Gwynne's brother Isaac is visually impaired and has autism. He loves going to the park and used to enjoy the swing as a baby.
Gwynne, however, saw that the swings installed in the playground for bigger children and grown-ups lacked something important for her brother's needs. It didn't have any safety bars similar to baby swings.
"He can't hold on to the bars of the grown-up swings," Gwynne wrote, BBC reported. "Why did you forget about him?" she asked the council in her letter. "I have drawn a swing he would like. Thank you."
Gwynne's mom, Miriam, also sent out a tweet of her daughter's letter. "My daughter is disgusted there is no swing for her disabled twin brother," she wrote in her Twitter message.
New park by my house. My daughter is disgusted there is no swing for her disabled twin brother. Can you help me share this? pic.twitter.com/iVaVHJs3wM— Miriam Gwynne (@GwynneMiriam) March 19, 2017
Miriam told Mirror she's proud of her daughter's initiative. At first, however, she wasn't aware of the 8-year-old's plan when the girl asked her to help spell "disabled." "I had not mentioned anything other than commenting to her brother in the park that he was too big for the baby swings," the mom said.
Miriam got emotional upon realizing the girl was looking out for her brother. The mom said her daughter is also struggling with coping with a brother with special needs.
The 8-year-old's effort paid off as the council replied to the Gwynnes through Miriam. They told her they will seek a designer to come up with a specific swing for kids like Isaac and Miriam shared the reply on Twitter as well.
South Lanarkshire Council's Alistair McKinnon confirmed to the BBC that they are making steps to install the specialized seat as soon as possible. Learn more about the twins Naomi and Isaac in the video below.