Swingin' time for lucky kids

In the swing of it: Liverpool's Mainsbridge School principal Marienne McLean and Lucy Rae from Variety - the Children's Charity watch Dario Schweinitz enjoying the school's new wheelchair-friendly swing. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

In the swing of it: Liverpool's Mainsbridge School principal Marienne McLean and Lucy Rae from Variety - the Children's Charity watch Dario Schweinitz enjoying the school's new wheelchair-friendly swing. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

SPECIAL needs students from Liverpool's Mainsbridge School have happily approved a new addition to their playground.

Last week, Variety — the Children's Charity presented a new Liberty Swing to the school.

The swing was designed especially for children who are wheelchair-bound, allowing them to experience its therapeutic swinging action.

Deputy principal Nicole Katen said the new piece of equipment allowed all students to enjoy quality outdoor time together.

"The Liberty Swing provides new opportunities for the integration of outdoor spaces into sensory learning and other education programs," she said.

"It has allowed all our students to experience the joy of a swing.

"The swing has been exceptionally well received as evidenced by the beaming smiles of students and staff alike."

Children are able to make use of the new swing each day depending on their timetable.

Mainsbridge School has 116 students from kindergarten to year 12.

It caters to the individual needs of children with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, including autism and Down syndrome.

To date, Variety has donated 77 Liberty Swings to special needs schools and council public parks.

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