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MUM Rachel Taplin has appealed for help to improve her garden so that her eight-year-old son who has cerebral palsy, can enjoy it.

Oliver also has epilepsy, and his condition is so complex that he needs 24-hour medical care.

HELP NEEDED Rachel Taplin from Warsash with her two children Oliver, eight, and Jasmine, three. Left, how The News reported Oliver's story when he was stuck in hospital because of an education funding row. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150804-4)

HELP NEEDED Rachel Taplin from Warsash with her two children Oliver, eight, and Jasmine, three. Left, how The News reported Oliver's story when he was stuck in hospital because of an education funding row. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150804-4)

Throughout 2013 he was trapped in hospital while authorities argued over his care bill, but he was later given a place at St Piers School in Surrey after an agreement was reached.

But now Oliver, of Sartoris Close, Warsash, is out of school and is unable to get into his family’s garden in its current state without being carried outside.

Rachel said: ‘The garden is not suitable for him at all at the moment.

‘Nothing is accessible.

‘The only way of getting him outside is by carrying him and because he’s nearly nine now that is becoming more and more of a problem.’

Rachel has been given a quote of £6,000 by developers to install ramps and raise the level of the garden so that Oliver can get to it directly from the back door with his wheelchair.

The plan includes a shaded canopy area designed to keep Oliver cool in the sun and raised flower beds where he can sit in his wheelchair and plant flowers and vegetables with his sister Jasmine, three.

‘For many years this project was not a priority while we were trying to keep him medically well,’ added Rachel.

‘Now this would give him the freedom of choice to be where he wanted to be in the house or the garden because at the moment his element of choice is taken away.

‘It would make a big difference to him to just be able to get outside.’

Rachel is appealing for help from anyone who thinks they can lend their time to improve the garden and has also set up a Go Fund Me page for the project, which can be found at gofundme.com/srref8