WellChild creates accessible sensory garden for five year old Gabby

Posted on the 22nd June 2017

Gabby has four limb Cerebral Palsy and limited mobility. She is a full time wheelchair user, but when she is at home she likes to stretch out and roll around on the floor. Gabby is non-verbal but is learning to communicate using eye gaze technology at school and uses body language and expressions to help others understand what she wants.

The family have recently had adaptations completed to give Gabby a downstairs bedroom with wet room bathroom, and a ramp to allow access to the garden. They needed our help making it a place worth visiting!

The Garden Makeover

We wanted to give Gabby a bright, colourful garden for her to interact with, and a safe space for her to play out of her wheelchair. Volunteers from Hilti & Speedy Services came together over two days to transform this bare concrete space.

Our team removed the old patio slabs and installed an artificial grass sensory play area complete with mirror and spinning wheels. They built a raised flower bed from sleepers and filled it with beautiful sensory plants, and installed a birds nest swing with safety matting. They painted the fencing to brighten up the garden, built new gates (painted WellChild purple!) and added a wall planter full of aromatic herbs.

Gabby now has a beautiful space to play in and spend time outdoors with her family.

It is amazing - Gabby will love playing out here

Angela, Gabby’s mum

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