WellChild return after tool theft to complete garden makeover

Posted on the 20th November 2018

Last month our Helping Hands team set out on a two day project, with volunteers from Kingsley Napley to transform the family garden for Alfie and Logan. Unfortunately the project was cut short as a WellChild van was broken into overnight and thousands of pounds of equipment stolen. We returned this month with more enthusiastic volunteers and completed the garden transformation.

Alfie and Logan

Logan is non-verbal and Alfie has limited speech and struggles to communicate. Both brothers have many challenging behaviours such as eating inedible objects which means the boy’s parents must watch them every minute. The family moved in to their new home so that both boys would have their own bedroom, but they needed help to make the garden usable and safe.

We wanted the boys to have a safe garden that they could play in together, without needing such close supervision from mum and dad.

Garden Makeover

Our team and Kingsley Napley volunteers returned last week to complete the garden makeover. Picking up where they left off, the team continued to install fencing, lay artificial grass and even installed a low climbing ramp and nest swing for the boys to enjoy.

The artificial grass, creates a play space and a soft base for the trampoline. Towards the back of the garden the nest swing was installed on rubber matting so the boys can enjoy it safety.

The garden now has safe, clear and level areas where the boys can play independently or spend time outside with their family. The new sensory elements of the garden provide Alfie and Logan with a safe and accessible space to play together.

The theft from a WellChild van last month meant we were unable to finish the project for Alfie and Logan as planned. We were not going to leave them with an unfinished garden and are delighted that we have been able to come back and carry on where we left off. Thanks to the Kinglsey Napely volunteers for returning to help us, the boys now have a safe, accessible and sensory outside space where they can play together.

Lorna Pedersen, Head of Helping Hands

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