Waterlooville mum thanks charity for changing son’s life with new garden

Jack, aged five and his mum Emma, pictured at their garden in  Waterlooville     Picture : Habibur Rahman
Jack, aged five and his mum Emma, pictured at their garden in Waterlooville Picture : Habibur Rahman

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‘I CAN’T thank them enough for the difference they have made to Jack’s life.’

That was the message from Emma Wood after her garden was transformed to be more accessible to her son who has Lowe Syndrome.

It is a nice haven for him and it has given him some independence.

Emma Wood

Five-year-old Jack can now play in the garden and has use of a sensory shed thanks to charity Wellchild, which spent two days completing the makeover as part of its Helping Hands project.

Emma, from Waterlooville, said: ‘Having this new garden has changed Jack’s life. Before he couldn’t go out there because there were concrete slabs and brickwork.

‘The ground wasn’t level so he couldn’t use his wheelchair or frame to walk.

‘I asked the occupational therapist about what we could do and she suggested applying to Wellchild to help.

‘It was amazing when they agreed and they have done such a great job.

‘Now, Jack can play out there and be safe. It is a nice haven for him and it has given him some independence.

‘I will be forever grateful to Wellchild and the volunteers.’

Jack is registered blind and was diagnosed with Lowe Syndrome when he was a baby. He also has epilepsy and cannot walk without an aid. He also struggles with his speech.

Emma said because of his disabilities the old garden was not safe, but thanks to Wellchild, Jack and his friends can play out there.

The charity, along with volunteers from Siemans, put artificial grass on top of the concrete slabs to make it softer, put a wooden bench below a window to cover bricks protruding from the house and put lights, mirrors and textures into a shed to create a sensory room.

They spent two days refurbishing the garden earlier this month, with two teams of 10 helping each day.

Emma, 34, of St Michaels Place, added: ‘Jack absolutely loves the new garden and sensory shed.

‘When he gets in from school he wants to get out there and play. He can crawl out there on his own and I know he will be safe.

‘Even though it’s getting a little colder now we can put a heater in the sensory shed and he can spend time playing in there.

‘I want to say a massive thanks to Lorna from Wellchild and Steve from Siemans who both led the project. I will be in their debt forever.’

As previously reported in The News, Emma set up a fund for Jack four years ago called Jack’s Future and the family organised a series of fundraisers to help buy specialised play equipment for him.