Vandals ruin kids’ Easter holidays fun

Former Midlothian head of education Donald MacKay with Bright Sparks manager Louise Gough, officially opening the charity's new home in January.
Former Midlothian head of education Donald MacKay with Bright Sparks manager Louise Gough, officially opening the charity's new home in January.

A charity for children with additional needs was left horrified after vandals damaged its new trampoline before it could even be used.

Staff at Bright Sparks were saddened to turn up at its George V Park home in Bonnyrigg on March 27 to find that the trampoline in the front garden had been damaged, and the CCTV camera knocked off the wall.

The trampoline came from a fundraiser a few years ago but with the front garden area of the former leisure centre only now set to open it had not yet been used by the youngsters.

Louise Gough, Bright Sparks manager, was left saddened by the vandalism, she said:“It’s not just something we can fix, it would be too dangerous. It will be fun for a family in the back garden but certainly not for our children.

“We will take the trampoline out and ask if people want to buy it, and we plan to get a new one sunk into the ground, it would be about £5000, which is expensive.

“We had just had this put up for the Easter playscheme, but now we can’t use it. And until the trampoline is taken away we can’t use the new front area as kids would just want to go on it.

“However, the community response has been fantastic, there have been a couple of companies that saw our post on Facebook about the incident and have come forward to say they would look at it for us.”