PLAYTIME is back for disabled eight-year-old Alfie Hanson - after charity volunteers helped transform his family’s back garden.
Alfie suffers from cerebral palsy caused by a stroke at birth, but still loves jumping on his trampoline at home on Winn Gardens, Middlewood, Sheffield.
But Alfie’s parents’ back garden had fallen into disrepair and was becoming unsafe for him to play in - until good cause WellChild stepped in to install steps and paving, lay turf and carry out a host of other improvements.
The boy’s dad Wayne, aged 45, said he thought the results were ‘brilliant’, adding: “It’s really given us a bit of a lift, knowing Alfie can go out and play in a safe environment.”
Wayne has lived on Winn Gardens with his partner, Alfie’s mum Lucy, 38, for 13 years.
He said the garden was left in disarray following the floods of 2007.
“It’s been in a bit of a state for the last four or five years,” he said.
“Alfie’s main enjoyment a the moment is swimming, and he likes to draw, he’s quite artistic, but once the garden is done it will be a massive help to him.
“He’s got severe weakness down his left side and learning difficulties due to the stroke. He’s eight now but he’s got the learning age of a four-year-old.
“He has to be helped with his food and getting dressed, and he’s in the process of being tested for autism as well.
“It’s just a bit of a struggle for him, it’s very restrictive for his day-to-day life.
“Everything a normal eight-year-old can do, Alfie can’t do.”
Alfie attends Hillsborough Primary School, where he receives one-to-one support for reading and maths.
Wayne and Lucy are full-time carers for Alfie and their older daughter, Casey, 13, who has ADHD and learning difficulties.
They also have a son, Connor, 15, who is not disabled.
Wayne said he learned about WellChild on the internet and contacted them asking if they would carry out a garden makeover.
The project was approved and 10 volunteers from Nottinghamshire-based building firm Mitchell Power Systems descended on the garden for two days of hard work.
“New fencing has been put in and they’ve put in a big raised flower bed,” Wayne said.
“Everything has been turfed over and some steps are being put in leading to decking for Alfie.
“He has a trampoline and slide, and they’re going to provide play bark to put underneath them.
“It’s a big job but it’s looking absolutely great.”