14 year old Eloise receives a WellChild Helping Hands garden makeover

Posted on the 12th July 2017

Ellie has Autism and Tourettes, a neurological condition that is characterised by a combination of involuntary noises and movements called tics. Her condition means that she struggles to control her behaviour, has poor sleep patterns and an underdeveloped sense of danger.

The family house is open plan and Ellie shares her bedroom with her younger sister, who also has behavioural difficulties, so it is difficult to find a quiet space when she wants some time alone.

The Garden Makeover

We wanted to give Ellie her own space to enable her to relax whilst enjoying the garden. It needed all weather access from the home and to be safe. £5,000 from The Screwfix Foundation covered the costs for all the materials, enabling volunteers from Salesforce to make the truly amazing transformation happen in just two days.

They stripped back the overgrown garden to create a blank canvas and then set about extending the existing concrete patio with decking. A timber base and summer house were erected before a decked path and artificial grass strip joined the two. The remainder of the garden was levelled and fresh turf laid, creating a fabulous area for Ellie to enjoy safely.

Thank you, it’s great!

Ellie - on seeing her new garden

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