Her mum said she was “exceedingly proud” of her special little girl for looking after her brother
Naomi Gwynne, aged 8, had been to her local park in Hamilton and was impressed by the new playground installed by South Lanarkshire Council.
But it made her very sad when her twin brother Isaac couldn’t play on the swings.
Isaac has autism and learning difficulties so, as his mum explains, he simply doesn’t know to hold on to the ropes of a traditional swing.
He also has poor balance and is visually impaired so likes to feel the swing against him.
Twin sister Naomi drew a picture of the type of swing Isaac needs and penned a heartfelt letter to the local council.
She wrote: “Dear Park Builders, I like the new park but please could you make a disabled swing for it?
“Isaac my twin brother is too big for a baby swing and can’t hold on to the bars of the grown-up swings.
“His favourite thing is a swing and we are both sad. “Why did you forget about him?
“I have drawn a swing he would like. Thank you. Naomi Gwynne, aged 8.”
Mum Miriam told Mirror Online how she had no clue what her daughter was up to until she had written the letter.
She said: “She asked me to spell disabled for her and said she was writing something. She then showed me the letter after she did it.”
“I had not mentioned anything other than commenting to her brother in the park that he was too big for the baby swings.
“I was very emotional when I read it. To think she cared and noticed and wanted to do something really touched my heart. Her brother can not speak at all so to think she is looking out for him is amazing.
“Naomi copes with so much due to her brother’s disabilities so to want to help him is even more special. She is an incredibly special little girl.”
Miriam shared a photograph of the letter with her local council on Twitter, saying her daughter was ‘disgusted’ that there wasn’t a swing for Isaac.
The mum later tweeted thanking the council for listening to her daughter and sharing a screengrab of their message response.
A representative for the council said they tried to include variety in each play area and have asked the designer to look into whether a disabled seat can be incorporated for Isaac.