Kind Naomi named on list of Scot­tish ‘Sheroes’

Young­ster joins in­spir­ing women

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Ste­fanie Mc­court

A lit­tle girl from Hamil­ton has been named in a list of ‘30 Un­der 30 In­spir­ing Women’.

Eight-year-old Naomi Gwynne ap­pears in a list of young Scot­tish “sheroes” compiled by the YWCA.

The Ad­ver­tiser re­ported in March that an on­line ap­peal from the young­ster to in­stall a swing for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties at the Both­well Road play park had gone vi­ral.

Naomi had penned a heart­felt let­ter ask­ing South La­nark­shire Coun­cil for a swing that her twin brother Isaac could use so that they could have fun to­gether in the park.

The chil­dren are both autis­tic, but Isaac also has global de­lay and is non-ver­bal and vi­su­al­ly­im­paired.

Af­ter notic­ing it was im­pos­si­ble for him to use a reg­u­lar swing, his kind-hearted sis­ter urged the au­thor­ity to in­stall one.

Mum Miriam posted a pic­ture of Naomi’s ef­fort on­line and be­fore long the coun­cil ar­ranged for a suit­able swing to be put in the park.

Naomi’s suc­cess led her to tak­ing a spot on the 30 Un­der 30 2017 edi­tion from the YWCA.

It is de­scribed as “an un­of­fi­cial, but to­tally in­spir­ing, list of amaz­ing sheroes from Scot­land or liv­ing in Scot­land”.

Proud Miriam said Naomi was thrilled to be in­cluded in the list but has lit­tle idea how her act of kind­ness has had such a wide­spread im­pact.

She said: “Naomi said, ‘Wow, does this mean that I am fa­mous again? I feel so good and happy, but all I did was write a let­ter and any­one can do that.’

“I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted to see Naomi in this list.

“She has no idea how her small act helped so many and she con­tin­ues to show kind­ness daily.

“To make such a list and be in­cluded with amaz­ing peo­ple so much older is a huge achieve­ment and I am so, so proud of her.”

The list can be viewed at www. yw­cas­cot­land.org/30un­der­30s­cot­land-2017/

She has no idea how her small act helped so many

Praise Naomi with brother Isaac and their mum Miriam

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