Disabled Weymouth tot bounces back on new trampoline

Dorset Echo: OVERJOYED: Olivia with her mum Samantha Broughton with Michael McManus, right, and Andrew Coombes OVERJOYED: Olivia with her mum Samantha Broughton with Michael McManus, right, and Andrew Coombes

A DISABLED Weymouth tot whose beloved trampoline was wrecked by yobs is smiling once again.

Charity fundraisers and a local business have stepped in to replace Olivia Evans’s trampoline after it was slashed to pieces by heartless vandals.

Three-year-old Olivia is severely autistic and has communication and sensory problems and would bounce on the piece of play equipment as a means of self-expression.

The Littlemoor youngster was delighted to receive her new trampoline courtesy of the Weymouth Carnival Committee and Dorset firm Apple Larkin home improvements. They were among a few well-wishers who stepped forward to help after reading the story in the Echo yesterday.

Olivia’s mum Samantha Broughton said: “Olivia is over the moon that she’s got her trampoline back.

“This really restores my faith in humankind. It’s been hard for her since her old trampoline was vandalised, she just couldn’t understand why she couldn’t go on it any more.

“She was very upset and distressed.”

Elysia Munday, chairman of the Weymouth Carnival Committee, said as soon as she read of Olivia’s plight in Monday’s Echo she knew she had to help.

“Olivia has a severe case of autism and this trampoline was something she could let herself go on.”

She added: “We want to show the vandals that they cannot win.”

Michael McManus, trustee of the carnival committee, said the cost of the trampoline and money for a replacement swing chair is being split between Apple Larkin and the carnival committee.

He said: “I hope this makes them (vandals) think twice about doing it again.

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9:16am Tue 18 Mar 14

Newground says...

LARKIN Windows -- saviour of the local community!

Last week they were fined £36,000 for vile selling practices in and around Dorset.

Now they put it all right with a £49 trampoline. Bless.

Did they sell the unfortunate recipient a £19,000 conservatory (33% off - hurry... sale ends soon) to attach to it?
LARKIN Windows -- saviour of the local community! Last week they were fined £36,000 for vile selling practices in and around Dorset. Now they put it all right with a £49 trampoline. Bless. Did they sell the unfortunate recipient a £19,000 conservatory (33% off - hurry... sale ends soon) to attach to it? Newground
  • Score: 22

9:50am Tue 18 Mar 14

codlips says...

Newground wrote:
LARKIN Windows -- saviour of the local community!

Last week they were fined £36,000 for vile selling practices in and around Dorset.

Now they put it all right with a £49 trampoline. Bless.

Did they sell the unfortunate recipient a £19,000 conservatory (33% off - hurry... sale ends soon) to attach to it?
Its a shame this Apple company have used the 'Larkin' name for their benefit because it was a great little firm when it was run by the Larkin family.
[quote][p][bold]Newground[/bold] wrote: LARKIN Windows -- saviour of the local community! Last week they were fined £36,000 for vile selling practices in and around Dorset. Now they put it all right with a £49 trampoline. Bless. Did they sell the unfortunate recipient a £19,000 conservatory (33% off - hurry... sale ends soon) to attach to it?[/p][/quote]Its a shame this Apple company have used the 'Larkin' name for their benefit because it was a great little firm when it was run by the Larkin family. codlips
  • Score: 22

11:28am Tue 18 Mar 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

I thought that Apple sold non-Windows computers worldwide - what has this got to do with the windows that this local firm who have pinched the apple name?
I thought that Apple sold non-Windows computers worldwide - what has this got to do with the windows that this local firm who have pinched the apple name? IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: -9

12:34pm Tue 18 Mar 14

JackJohnson says...

Newground wrote:
LARKIN Windows -- saviour of the local community!

Last week they were fined £36,000 for vile selling practices in and around Dorset.

Now they put it all right with a £49 trampoline. Bless.

Did they sell the unfortunate recipient a £19,000 conservatory (33% off - hurry... sale ends soon) to attach to it?
I think you'll find that they have, in no way, put anything right. The Telephone Preference Service, Information Commissioner and Trading Standards will not take this into account if they return to their illegal telesales practices. Neither will the people they harrassed, many of who will never do business with any company in the Apple group.

Fair play to them, though, for helping this family out.
[quote][p][bold]Newground[/bold] wrote: LARKIN Windows -- saviour of the local community! Last week they were fined £36,000 for vile selling practices in and around Dorset. Now they put it all right with a £49 trampoline. Bless. Did they sell the unfortunate recipient a £19,000 conservatory (33% off - hurry... sale ends soon) to attach to it?[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that they have, in no way, put anything right. The Telephone Preference Service, Information Commissioner and Trading Standards will not take this into account if they return to their illegal telesales practices. Neither will the people they harrassed, many of who will never do business with any company in the Apple group. Fair play to them, though, for helping this family out. JackJohnson
  • Score: 4

5:38pm Tue 18 Mar 14

southwellman says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
I thought that Apple sold non-Windows computers worldwide - what has this got to do with the windows that this local firm who have pinched the apple name?
I got it!
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: I thought that Apple sold non-Windows computers worldwide - what has this got to do with the windows that this local firm who have pinched the apple name?[/p][/quote]I got it! southwellman
  • Score: 0

7:51am Thu 20 Mar 14

mickmackay says...

Well thank you larkin windows for your kind support with this little girls trampoline & swing chair too. I understand people are angry with larkin
But they have been punished.
This is not the time nor the page to be letting your anger out on. Please
Have respect for this little girl. Its a good storry so leave it like that.
Thank you. Michael.
Well thank you larkin windows for your kind support with this little girls trampoline & swing chair too. I understand people are angry with larkin But they have been punished. This is not the time nor the page to be letting your anger out on. Please Have respect for this little girl. Its a good storry so leave it like that. Thank you. Michael. mickmackay
  • Score: -2

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