The mother of a girl with profound disabilities has paid tribute to children’s charity, WellChild, and volunteers from Ardent Business Group and CCR Mitsubishi who joined forces this week to transform the family’s garden.
Through one of its renowned Helping Hands projects, WellChild was joined by 13 members of staff from Ardent Business Services, based in Quedgeley, and staff from CCR Mitsubishi dealerships in Swindon, Melksham and Cheltenham to help 14-year-old Molly Begley have a safe, accessible garden to enjoy.
Molly, from Swindon, has epilepsy, autism, profound learning difficulties, global development delay and scoliosis. She is in remission from a Wilms tumour, a particularly aggressive form of cancer, but treatment has left her with a number of complex health care needs. It takes two adults to support her on trips out, so leaving the family home is difficult.
Molly loves the outdoors and using a swing but, while mum Claire has had their house in Pinehurst Road adapted to meet Molly’s needs, the garden has proved too big a challenge.
Mum-of-four Claire Cook contacted the Helping Hands team at WellChild, the Cheltenham-based national charity for seriously ill children and young people, after hearing about them from Molly’s occupational therapist. The team has spent the last two days (November 19th and 20th) transforming the garden to meet Molly’s needs.
Claire, 36, said: “The garden looks amazing and this will make a massive difference to us. It will change Molly’s life. She will be able to go outside and play and it will benefit her health because she can be more active. It will also be great for her brothers and sister who can now play out. It looks great and Molly is really excited, her face lit up. I’m really grateful to everyone at WellChild, CCR Mitsubishi and Ardent for their support.”
Volunteer Lyndsey Smith, said: “It was hard work but the look on Molly’s face when she saw her new garden made it well worth it. We’re all really pleased to have helped on such a worthwhile project and we hope the family enjoy their new space.”
The work included breaking up existing concrete, levelling the garden, putting down artificial grass and a sensory area, installing new fencing and putting in a swing.
Lee Trunks, programme manager for WellChild’s Helping Hands project, said: “WellChild is only able to complete projects like this thanks to volunteers. Without them we wouldn’t be able to help children like Molly. It’s great that the team from CCR Mitsubishi and Ardent have helped us make such a difference. This will make a life-changing difference to Molly and her family.”