EFFORTS to build a playground with the first wheelchair accessible swing on the Isle of Wight have stepped a gear — as parents prepare to literally walk over hot coals to raise the cash needed for the project.

The Godshill Play Park Project was launched two years ago by Nikki Collinson-Phenix, a parent, chiropractor and charity worker.

In December last year, a team of volunteers stepped up to support the project's 'fun for all' mission statement, to provide a fun, inclusive space for children to play together.

Nikki hopes the play park will provide that space, meeting the needs of able-bodied children, those with sensory challenges and those with physical disabilities.

The play park would feature the first wheelchair accessible swing on the Isle of Wight.

Nikki and her team aim to raise £160,000 to make the project a reality, and have appealed for Isle of Wight businesses interested in sponsoring pieces of play equipment to get in touch.

They have also appealed for donations and have planned a number of fundraising events.

The next major fundraiser will be the Godshill Play Park Firewalk, set to take place at The Griffin, Godshill, on June 8.

Brave souls will take part in a sponsored firewalk, walking over hot coals to raise funds.

There will also be a raffle, with more than 50 prizes up for grabs, including Isle of Wight Festival tickets.

Spaces are limited ­— to sign up, call Nikki on 07955 113449 or email Godshill.Play.Park@outlook.com

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