Mum’s anger after accident

Clare Wright and son Thomas.
Clare Wright and son Thomas.

A mother has called for play equipment at Daventry Country Park to be made safer after her eight-year-old son broke his arm in two places.

Thomas Wright from Crick fell off the monkey bars on Wednesday last week landing on the wooden flooring beneath the wood chip and broke his arm in two places.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents recommends that play equipment should have a just under one foot of bark chippings to prevent accidents.

However Mrs Wright said the wood flooring was exposed through insufficient chippings and the equipment is too high for some children.

She said: “ The moneky bars are eight foot off the ground and that is far too high for some children, I can’t touch the monkey bars when I am on the ground and I’m 6ft.

“The equipment should be made safer or it should not have been up in the first place.

“There is only a little bit of bark under the monkey bars and there should be more.

“I am very angry. I want to see the equipment made much safer.”

It will take Thomas three months to recover from the accident which his mother said has had a huge effecton him,

Mrs Wright said: “We have been told it will take three months and in that time he is not allowed to do any sport.

“It has basically ruined his summer holidays because he can’t do anything physical and no holiday clubs will take him.

“He was alo supposed to be doing some fundraising for CLIC Sargent by doing a sponsored ride on several rollercoasters but he can’t do that now.

Mrs Wright said: “I would like to thank all of the people who helped out in the immediate aftermath of the accident.

“My son was waiting for the ambulance for an hour and people waited with us to make sure he was okay which was very nice of them.”

An investigation has been launched into the incident and as well as a review of the equipment’s safety.

DDC’s chief executive Simon Bovey said: “This incident is currently being investigated by our contractor Enterprise, who are responsible for maintaining the play equipment in Daventry Country Park on behalf of the Council.

“At this time, we cannot conclude on reasons why it happened.”

A spokesman for Amey, which recently took over Enterprise and runs Daventry Country Park said: “We undertake weekly safety inspections at Daventry Country Park and following the incident we have launched a full investigation.

“We take the health and safety of members of the public seriously and wish a speedy recovery to the injured boy.”