After another tragedy, Summer Grant’s family call for world-wide ban on bouncy castles

News / Thu 16th Dec 2021 at 03:11pm

FAMILY members of Summer Grant, the seven-year-old girl who died when a bouncy castle she was in blew away in Harlow Town Park in 2016, have called for a world-wide ban on the inflatables.

Summer’s uncle, Shawn Grant, made the plea after five children died and four others were injured after falling from a bouncy castle that was blown into the air in Tasmania, Australia

“A wind gust had reportedly caused the jumping castle and inflatable balls to lift into the air,” Tasmanian Police Commissioner Darren Hine said.

The circumstances appear to be very similar to those back in Harlow in March 2016.

Speaking to YH Shawn said: “I don’t know what it is going to take for there to be a ban. How many children need to die?

“Our hearts go out to the families in Australia. We know what that heartache feels like.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t think about Summer.

At the end of the manslaughter trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, Judge Justice Graham called on the Health and Safety Executive to take the steps necessary to make it compulsory for fairground operators to have proper wind speed measuring equipment.

But that has left Shawn unimpressed.

“In many ways, I feel that was and is tinkering. We are talking about children’s lives, as was proven with Summer as well as the young girl that died in Norfolk and now this in Australia.

We have a Remembering Summer Grant page on Facebook and we will continue to campaign.

“Every year we visit Summer’s bench in the town park. A lasting legacy would be the worldwide ban for ever more”.

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