Staff from the local Morrisons store were on hand at a recent WellChild Helping Hands project in Gloucester to see 12 year old Lishon enjoy his new garden for the first time.
Lishon Liyanage has severe Autism and a learning disability. He loves being outside and a secure and safe outdoor environment at home is really important for him.
Thanks to a £20,000 grant from the Morrisons Foundation, WellChild has created a safe area that Lishon can access and play in independently. The garden includes an area where Lishon can ride his bike, and also a freestanding climbing wall as he loves to climb.
The Morrisons Foundation, a charity set up by the supermarket, has supported WellChild’s Helping Hands programme with a £20,000 grant every year for the last three years.
The grants have funded several of the charity’s vital Helping Hands projects, making homes and gardens safer and more accessible for children and young people living at home with serious or exceptional health needs.
WellChild Chief Executive Colin Dyer said: “We would like to thank the Morrisons Foundation for their continued support. We cannot overstate how much their commitment to our work impacts on our ability to help young people like Lishon and give him and his family the safe and secure environment that they need. Accessing a safe outside space is something many of us take for granted. However, for a child living at home with exceptional health needs or disability, it can be an impossible dream. Last year, applications to the WellChild Helping Hands programme grew by 82%. That is why the support of the Morrisons Foundation is so incredibly important, as it enables us to improve the quality of life at home for many more children and young people in the year ahead.”
WellChild provides essential and practical support to ensure that the increasing number of seriously ill children and young people in the UK have the best possible chance to thrive – at home, together with their families.
The charity funds numerous programmes designed to support and empower families to care for their children safely at home.
The Morrisons Foundation awards grants for charity projects which make a positive difference to people’s lives. Since launching in 2015 the Morrisons Foundation has funded a wide range of projects, supporting charities in local communities across England, Scotland and Wales.
Georgia Blencoe from the Morrisons store in Gloucester Abbeydale said: “We were delighted to be invited to see first-hand the important work that WellChild is delivering in our local community. It was a real pleasure to see Lishon enjoy his new garden for the first time.”