Helping Hands 10th Anniversary project a great success

Posted on the 6th June 2017

WellChild was delighted to be able to provide a new garden for Caitlin and her family at our 10th Anniversary project in our home town of Cheltenham in May.

Members of WellChild staff and trustees and WellChild celebrity ambassadors Oliver Phelps and Janet Ellis were joined by volunteers from St James’s Place financial firm in Cirencester to carry out the work over two rainy days.

It was hard going for those involved but the finished garden made it all worthwhile. Despite the rain, spirits were high and the new garden looks fantastic!

12 year old Caitlin has a diagnosis of autism and epilepsy. She has complex needs, developmental delay and has limited communication skills. She needs assistance with all aspects of her personal care and since she is very active and has no sense of danger she requires a lot of attention. Having a home environment that is safe, and appropriate for her needs will make a huge difference to Caitlin and her family’s daily lives.

The garden transformation has provided Caitlin with a garden that will be safe for when she has her seizures, providing a stimulating space to be with her family and independently.  During the project the volunteers stripped all the existing turf, constructed a large decked area at the back of the house to provide level access for Caitlin and an area for the family to sit and spend time together. They also installed a large artificial lawn, an in-ground trampoline and built and painted a large playhouse where Caitlin can have her own space to relax.

These changes to the garden will have a dramatic impact on Caitlin’s life.

Caitlin’s mum Anna said: “It’s amazing, Caitlin will love it!”

You can see all the pictures of our project for Caitlin here:

WellChild 10th Anniversary Helping Hands for Caitlin in Cheltenham

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