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'Overwhelming' response to Team Hamish plans

By Nicole Webber

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Hamish Hey
Hamish Hey

AFTER raising an estimated £100,000 in memory of Nairn schoolboy Hamish Hey, his family have revealed a colourful plan of how the community will benefit.

An adventure play park, children's play area, crazy golf course, multiple artworks and a year-round geothermal water park are among the plans for the Nairn Links area.

Hamish (8) lost his battle with rare childhood cancer in February last year.

To honour his memory and his shining positive attitude his family decided to launch Team Hamish – a charitable group with the aim of raising as much money as possible to be spent on creating an accessible community area that everyone can enjoy.

The plans were revealed to the people of Nairn at a special information evening on June 20 and for the next few weeks the public have a chance to comment on them, make suggestions and raise any concerns.

Susan Hey, Hamish's mother says she has been overwhelmed by the positive response from the people of Nairn.

"It is an ambitious project but the reaction from the public has blown us away," she said.

"We have had nothing but positivity and people saying 'let's make this happen now'."

Although they are incredibly proud of how much the community has raised so far they plan to start applying for large grants to see the project completed quickly and to a high standard.

Mrs Hey added: "Everything needs to be made inclusive, the paths need to be upgraded and shelters would create all weather areas for people to enjoy the beautiful scenery."

After the consultation period Team Hamish will meet again with Nairn Improvement Community Enterprise and Highland Council to look at progressing the plans.

"It doesn't change the devastation we feel but it has changed a horrific tragedy into something positive," Mrs Hey added.

To see the plans in detail and comment visit http://teamhamish.org

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