Couple praise effort that paid for £700 swing

Megan Roper who suffers from a mystery disease has a new swing, which has been funded by a calendar of Long Melford''Pictured: Megan on the swing with her parents Carl and Sarah ANL-150318-083942009
Megan Roper who suffers from a mystery disease has a new swing, which has been funded by a calendar of Long Melford''Pictured: Megan on the swing with her parents Carl and Sarah ANL-150318-083942009

A couple have praised the community spirit of their village after residents worked together to give their disabled daughter a new swing.

Seven-year-old Megan Roper suffers from a mystery condition that causes development delay, meaning she is unable to speak, feed herself or walk.

Teresa Poole, a neighbour of Megan’s in Swanfield, Long Melford, who regularly contributed to the village calendar, decided, along with fellow resident Lynda Sebbage, to create her own charity calendar last year.

Having taken the photos, the pair agreed to raise money for a good cause and asked Megan’s parents, Carl and Sarah, what they needed, with a custom swing for Megan top of their list.

With the £700 target reached, the swing was purchased and built, with the first tests greeted with giggles from a happy Megan.

“Every little girl should have a swing,” said Mrs Poole. “To see her on there swinging, laughing and giggling made all the effort worthwhile.”

Mr Roper said the swing would enable Megan to play outside more often, especially with older sister, Ruth.

“She loves being outside with other children,” he said.

“She can be out there with Ruth and her friends and they can push her gently and she can interact with everybody.”

He paid special thanks to Mrs Poole and Mrs Sebbage for their efforts, along with the whole community for buying the calendar and giving so much support to the family over the years.

Unable to work due to injury, Mr Roper’s work colleagues from Cubitt Theobald even came down to build the swing for Megan.