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Moms Save Park And Make It Accessible To All Kids
February 14, 2006

SURREY, ENGLAND--If all goes as planned, the borough of Sutton will have its first playground designed for children with disabilities in three months, thanks to a dedicated group of heroic mothers.

The Friends of Orchard Avenue Recreation Group (FOARG) was formed recently after some neighborhood moms learned that the Orchard Avenue recreation ground would be closed because the local council lacked the money to replace the park's unsafe, broken-down equipment.

The group was told they would need to raise £100,000 ($174,000 US) to purchase new swings and other toys, which they had decided would need to be accessible to children with disabilities.

As of February 7, the parents had secured £90,000 -- enough to start purchasing what they need.

FOARG head Carolyn Morris told the Surrey Mirror: "There is still a bit more to raise, but compared with £100,000 it is nothing really, and we have had some great support from disabled organizations."

The equipment is expected to be fully installed within the next 12 weeks.

"Mothers swing play site battle" (Surrey Mirror)


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