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Blooming wonderful for Katie

A SHIRLEY mum has thanked the team of generous volunteers who have transformed a garden for her disabled daughter.

A SHIRLEY mum has thanked the team of generous volunteers who have transformed a garden for her disabled daughter.

Katie Chamley, aged five, has a rare condition called tuberous sclerosis. At just four-months old she was diagnosed with tumours on her brain, heart and kidneys.

Earlier in the year, mum Anna appealed for help to makeover the dilapidated garden at the family’s Shakespeare Road home.

Help arrived after local girl Hayley Doswell and Andy Luckett, from Shirley Lions, read our original article back in March.

Andy, who co-ordinated the project, said: “Katie’s parents explained how she loves playing outside and kicking a bill or taking her dolls for a walk, but the garden wasn’t suitable for her.

“With that in mind we designed a new garden for her which is free of obstructions and great fun for her and her sister, Alice, to play in.”

The Lions teamed up with Hayley and her friends and the team worked hard to turn the garden into a colourful play area.

Anna said: “Katie loves playing in her new garden - she really enjoys the seaside theme and it’s marvellous to see the smile on her face when she’s out there.”

Around 30 people put 300 hours into the project - replanting, creating a mural and ripping out the old garage.

The garden was finished last month.

* To find out more about Shirley Lions’ work go to www.shirleylions.co.uk .

 

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