Volunteers transform garden for disabled Barnsley youngster

Alex Parkes, seven, from Wombwell has had his garden transformed

Alex Parkes, seven, from Wombwell has had his garden transformed

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A young disabled boy from South Yorkshire is able to play outside his home after a charity transformed his back garden.

Alex Parkes, of Wombwell, Barnsley, has hyper mobility syndrome and nerve pain and tires easily using a wheelchair to get about.

Alex Parkes, seven, from Wombwell has had his garden transformed

Alex Parkes, seven, from Wombwell has had his garden transformed

The seven-year-old, who receives specialist help from a physiotherapist, occupational therapist and a number of paediatric consultants, has gained a new sense of freedom after receiving a specialist trike.

But his garden was not suitable for him to easily get about using his new trike.

Charity WellChild stepped in and arranged for Alex’s garden to be transformed after hearing about his plight.

The charity’s Helping Hands project is a unique home improvement scheme which, with the support of volunteer teams from local companies and organisations, tackles essential home and garden make-over projects.

In partnership from salesforce.com, volunteers dug out a sloped area in the garden, built a retaining wall and created a large patio covered in wheelchair accessible flooring.

The national charity helps sick children throughout the UK deal with the consequences of serious illness and complex conditions.

A charity spokesman said: “The garden wasn’t suitable for Alex to get about easily on his trike.

“He wanted a garden where he could use the trike and this would given him much-needed help in building up his stamina in the fresh air.

“Being outside more will have dramatic impact on Alex’s development and wellbeing but as his daily healthcare needs are very time-consuming and varied, his family couldn’t tackle the work unaided.”

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