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Readers to the rescue for Katie

A SOLIHULL man has come to the rescue of a mother from Shirley who was appealing for help with a garden makeover for her disabled daughter to play in.

A SOLIHULL man has come to the rescue of a mother from Shirley who was appealing for help with a garden makeover for her disabled daughter to play in.

Sixty nine year old Derek Eustace, who is retired and from the borough, said he saw the article which ran in the Solihull Times newspaper on March 18 and in the Solihull News edition of March 27 about four year old Katie Chamley from Shakespeare Road and was inspired to do something to help.

The youngster suffers from a rare incurable condition called tuberous sclerosis, also has epilepsy and cannot speak. She was diagnosed with tumours on her brain, heart and kidneys at just four months old.

The back garden of Katie’s home is in need of transformation as currently it is not child friendly, with only a small grassed area, a number of concrete steps which are causing an obstruction, fence panels in poor condition and a garage which takes up a large portion of the area.

Katie’s mother Anna Chamley was on the lookout for assistance with manpower or gardening advice to change it into a patch of green paradise for her daughter to play in.

Mr Eustace is due to celebrate his 70th birthday later this month and came up with the idea of making the occasion extra special by fundraising for the youngster as well as toasting to his own big day.

Derek said: “I saw the story and thought it was a good cause to help and thought it might make a bigger difference if we could contribute any takings made on the night to doing up the garden.”

Anna Chamley said: “Since the story went in the Solihull News I have been inundated with about 15 different offers of help from people and organisations and it has been wonderful. I am very grateful to everyone who has come forward.”

The charity event in conjunction with the band Penny Black will be held at Land Rover Social Club, off Lode Lane, in Damson Wood on the evening of April 25 from 7pm onwards and some cash taken on the night will be donated to a cancer organisation too.

Anyone keen to go to the event can buy tickets on the door at £5 per person on the evening.

 

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