10 year old Lucie’s new accessible garden

Posted on the 13th June 2018

Lucie has Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder which causes a progressive inability to use muscles for eye and body movements and speech. She also has scoliosis and epilepsy.

Lucie uses a wheel chair full time, she is no longer able to speak and communicates by eye pointing. She has no concept of danger and requires close supervision at all times. Lucie loves being outside but her garden was not wheelchair accessible so she was unable to spend any time out there.

Garden Makeover

We wanted to give Lucie an accessible garden that she could enjoy, play and relax in. Volunteers from Hilti joined our team and worked extremely hard to transform her garden in just two days.

They built two ramps to provide access for Lucie’s wheelchair from both inside the house and the garden gate. They also built a small decking area with bench seating and sensory planting. The whole garden was levelled and a large area of artificial grass laid in order to provide a wheelchair accessible play space and give Lucie access to the existing summer house and trampoline. The volunteers secured the trampoline and added play bark to make sure that Lucie and her sister can play safely.

These changes will improve Lucie’s quality of life and have a positive effect on the whole family. They are now able to spend quality time in the garden and make memories together.

We are overwhelmed - it is amazing

Leanne - Lucie's mum

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