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CARING employees have made a difference to the life of a boy who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Twelve staff from Southern Gas Networks’ Portsmouth depot spruced up a garden belonging to Liam O’Lachlan, 11, and his family in Southampton.

As part of the work they cleared the garden of soil, clay and concrete, levelled the ground and cut back trees and hedges. Decking and a concrete path was then added to make the area more accessible for Liam.

The team decided to help after they heard about Liam’s battle with the condition, which restricts body movement, through WellChild. The charity cares for sick children and their families.

Melissa Sansom, who organised the event, said: ‘Seeing how overwhelmed Liam’s family were with the finished garden and knowing what a difference it will make to Liam’s life made all our bad backs and aching limbs more than worth it.’

The work was part of the company’s Community Action Programme.