Charity pledges cash but needs gardener to make it all happen

3 years old  Vannie Arlan who has a rare form of cancer  behind his eyes and will travel to America for two weeks of therapy , pictured with mum Kirsty, and sisters Jaylan, &  Zilan.
3 years old Vannie Arlan who has a rare form of cancer behind his eyes and will travel to America for two weeks of therapy , pictured with mum Kirsty, and sisters Jaylan, & Zilan.
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A CHARITY set up in memory of a brave 10-year-old girl who battled a rare type of cancer has offered to help another youngster suffering from the same condition - by funding a revamp of his garden for when he returns from a pioneering course of treatment in America.

Twin Vannie Arlan, aged three, has a rhabdomyosarcoma behind his eye and within the side of his face, and is currently receiving proton therapy in Jacksonville, Florida - the only treatment left for him after gruelling chemotherapy failed to destroy the tumour.

His devoted family, which includes mum Kirsty, 30, twin sister Jaylan, and big sister Zilan, are also busy fundraising to pay for a revamp of their Crookesmoor home so he has somewhere nice to play on his return.

Now The Shona’s Smile Foundation, set up in memory of 10-year-old Shona Gill who died from the disease, has offered to pay for all the equipment and materials required - but needs the help of a gardener who is willing to give their time for free to make it happen.

Shona’s mum Sue, from Ipswich, told The Star: “It needs a patio and some turf laying, and some toys like a slide or a swing installed - we’re willing to pay for all this.

“But we have only a limited amount of funds so we really need someone with the right skills and experience who is willing to give some of their time to help us and to help Vannie’s wishes come true.”

The garden measures 19ft by 21.5ft and needs to be completed by July 4 in time for Vannie’s return. Email Sue at sue_gill@sky.com if you can help.