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Scots lottery winners construct new playhouse for youngsters with disabilities

NATIONAL Lottery winners from throughout Scotland have gathered collectively to open a brand new playhouse in Dundee for disabled youngsters.

Yesterday marked the grand opening of the power, the place the fortunate lottery winners joined the youngsters at The Yard.

The winners spent two days earlier this 12 months constructing, portray and furnishing the playhouse, and curating a wildlife-inspired theme.

A whole bunch of youngsters use The Yard each week, and its revival was celebrated on Sunday with wildlife-themed costumes.

The earlier playhouse was vandalised, however the grand opening celebrated its wildlife-themed revival

The charity’s authentic playhouse mimicked a gingerbread home and was constructed and gifted by Nationwide Lottery winners six years in the past.

Early this 12 months the gingerbread playhouse was vandalised, however as quickly because the staff of Scottish Nationwide Lottery winners discovered what had occurred, they instantly rushed collectively to organise a rebuild.

The Yard offers a protected place for youngsters with disabilities to expertise thrilling indoor and outside play.

The challenge has beforehand secured greater than £24,000 in Nationwide Lottery funding for its three play centres based mostly in Edinburgh, Dundee and Fife.

Jim and Pam Forbes, from Tayport, who gained £655,838 on EuroMillions in September 2017, had been among the many winners who helped to create the brand new playhouse.

Jim stated, “It was completely fabulous to have the ability to attend the official opening of the brand new wildlife-themed playhouse – particularly after every little thing which The Yard has been by way of.

“With the ability to step in and assist with different kind-hearted Nationwide Lottery winners has meant the world to us – seeing the grins on the faces of the entire youngsters right this moment was a really particular golden second.

“We want all of them many hours, days and years of playtime enjoyable.”

Gill Thomson, Service Improvement Supervisor at The Yard, added, “It’s a day we are going to always remember.

“Our world actually fell aside after vandals struck and by no means did we ever consider we’d get to the place we’re right this moment.

“We’re so grateful to everybody who has rallied and supported us – and specifically the entire huge-hearted Nationwide Lottery winners from throughout Scotland.”

Becoming a member of Jim and Pam on the opening, had been: Brian and Ann Sharp, from Musselburgh, who gained £2m in 2010; Sheila and Duncan Davidson, from Alford, who gained £4.5m in 2012; Ray Storey, from Dundee, who gained £1.5m in 2015; Invoice and Fiona McKenna, from Dunbartonshire, who gained £1.2m in 2012; Barry and Roberta Little, from Dumfries, who gained £1m in 2013 and Libby Elliot, from Fife, who gained £2.1m in 2012.