Midlothian nursery plea to complete new play area

Louise Gough, Julie Mitchell and Kirstie Thomson.
Louise Gough, Julie Mitchell and Kirstie Thomson.

A Midlothian nursery for children with special needs is appealing to the community for support as it prepares to move into new premises.

Bright Sparks is to receive the keys to its new centre in Bonnyrigg at the end of December.

Management committee chairman Louise Gough is appealing to the local community to help put the finishing touches to one of the outdoor play areas.

Mrs Gough explained: “There has been a budget to do the inside of the building and when we take over next month the building (the former Bonnyrigg Leisure Centre premises) will be a mixture of a new build and refurbishment.

“We are getting a complete blank canvas. Everything that needs to be furnished inside we have already got grants for that.

“There are two outdoor play areas which are completely unusable for anybody in a wheelchair. It will only be levelled and seeded.

“What we are hoping for in that period of time while we have got the grass growing is for us to have sweeping paths created which could be used by wheeled trikes and bikes.”

Mrs Gough said Bright Sparks was looking to local businesses to make a dream come true by providing some concrete or tarmac to create the network of pathways.

“It think there is a misconception we have got all the (King George V) park but a lot of our children are a flight risk. We have got a lovely bit of ground with secure fencing but it isn’t accessible,” she added.

Established in 1996, Bright Sparks supports 150 families across Midlothian with children aged 0 to 18 years. When it moves to the new centre it will take over the group which used to meet at Cherry Road Resource Centre offering support for up to 25-year-olds.

The centre will also be open six days a week and have family open sessions on Sundays.

If you can help Bright Sparks contact Mrs Gough on 07929 512 597.