Willow gets a new garden

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A GROUP of gardening ‘angels’ has transformed a family’s back garden to help give an adorable little girl the chance to learn to walk.

The charity WellChild has installed artificial grass, a slide and a trampoline so little Willow Scotney-Williams, five, has somewhere to play.

(left to right back), Ian Southern, Matt Beecham, Judy Hancock, Michelle Preston, Lorraine Toogood. Front (left to right), Willows dad Jamie Williams holding Quinn Scotney-Williams (4 mths), Rafe Scotney-Williams (seven), Tate Scotney-Williams (three), and Lee Trunks with mum Gemma Scotney holding Willow Scotney-Williams (five).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150559-2)

(left to right back), Ian Southern, Matt Beecham, Judy Hancock, Michelle Preston, Lorraine Toogood. Front (left to right), Willows dad Jamie Williams holding Quinn Scotney-Williams (4 mths), Rafe Scotney-Williams (seven), Tate Scotney-Williams (three), and Lee Trunks with mum Gemma Scotney holding Willow Scotney-Williams (five).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150559-2)

Willow has cerebral palsy and is registered blind, and can get around only with the use of a trike or a walker.

Mum Gemma Scotney, 32, said she was thrilled the project was taken on by the charity.

‘They’ve done a brilliant job,’ Gemma said.

‘She’s not been able to use her walker anywhere lately because there’s not been enough space.’

They’ve done a brilliant job.

Gemma Scotney

Dad Jamie Williams, 29, said he was also impressed.

‘Willow loves going out in her walker, so maybe the more she does go out the more chance she’ll have to walk,’ he said. ‘She can’t wait.’

A team of six volunteers on leave from Lloyds Bank worked alongside members of Jamie’s family and WellChild Helping Hands project manager Lee Trunks to get the project finished in two days.

Lee, 31, said: ‘It was a muddy, sloped garden when we came in.

‘The idea was to give her as much accessible space as we possibly could.

‘It has been one of our biggest projects to date. There’s been a lot of digging and weeding.’

Willow was born 12 weeks premature and had a brain hemorrhage when she was just one day old.

She has hydrocephalus, commonly known as water on the brain.

Gemma said Willow was a happy girl who loved to smile. She is in Year R at Mary Rose Academy in Milton.

The new back garden will also be a haven for Willow’s brothers Raife, seven, Tate, three, and eventually Quinn, who is just 12 weeks. Lee said materials for the project cost about £3,000.