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Parklands backs plan to make Black Isle preschool garden more accessible

25 August 2020

A charity run preschool on the Black Isle has received a funding boost for its campaign to build a more accessible play garden for local children.

Parklands Care Homes, which is currently building a new 40 bed care home in Fortrose, has donated £1,000 to Fortrose Preschool which is aiming to transform its garden so that physically impaired children and older people can access it more easily.

Around 45 children from the Fortrose and Rosemarkie area currently attend the preschool.

Maru Fraser, Chairperson of Fortrose Preschool, said: “We are currently the only charity run preschool on the Black Isle, so we are always in need of fundraising and sponsorship. Our main concern at the moment is to make our garden more accessible. This will allow more inter-generational play; added to this, we have specifically been approached by a family who have a child with additional needs who currently would not be able to access the garden if we don’t modify it to meet her needs.

“We greatly appreciate Parklands’ kind donation. It will provide support to the children attending Fortrose Preschool and the Black Isle Leisure Centre summer club. This garden project will have long lasting benefits to our community, young and old, and for many future generations.”

Ron Taylor, managing director of Parklands Care Homes, said: “We are delighted to support Fortrose Preschool and wish them well with their fundraising efforts. We know this is a popular preschool with many families and it is important that all children are able to enjoy the facilities it provides.”

Parklands Care Homes is keen to forge a strong relationship with local nurseries, schools and community groups on the Black Isle, a view shared by Fortrose Preschool.

Ms Fraser said: “The preschool has been running activates with elderly people from the community, so with the new care home being built in Fortrose we are hoping to help connect young and elderly people to share activates and interact together.”

Mr Taylor added: “Our care homes are closely integrated into the communities they serve and we look forward to working with Fortrose Preschool and many other local community groups. We know from our other homes that residents greatly value this interaction, especially with children and young people.”