Dream garden is nearer reality

SUPPORT Former Pompey player Steve Claridge with a signed shirt for Oliver's fundraising
SUPPORT Former Pompey player Steve Claridge with a signed shirt for Oliver's fundraising
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A LITTLE boy with cerebral palsy is well on his way to getting the garden of his dreams thanks to generous shoppers.

Eight-year-old Oliver Taplin also has epilepsy and cannot get from the house to the garden because of a tricky back door and steps.

Mum Rachel, 32, finds it a struggle to lift him by herself so is appealing for help in raising enough money to adapt the garden so Oliver can get round it in his wheelchair.

On Sunday she held a fundraising day at Whiteley Village shopping centre.

Rachel, of Sartoris Close, Fareham, said: ‘It was really good, I couldn’t have asked for more.

‘We had face-painting, glitter tattoos, mascots, cake stalls and a big plant sale.

‘There is a loose design in the pipeline for the garden but we asked people to colour in their own designs.

‘There were some great ideas.’

Rachel launched the fundraising drive in April and has already collected £3,500 towards a £6,000 target.

To make a donation go to gofundme.com/srref8