On the 15th and 16th November the tranScrip team put on their steel toe cap boots and grabbed their spades in order to help a six year old boy called Eli. The aim was to transform Eli’s garden so he has a fun and safe place to play which is also adapted to his needs.
The transformation was made possible by WellChild Helping Hands. WellChild is a unique scheme which, with the support of teams of volunteers from companies and organisations, tackles essential home and garden improvement projects for families caring for children and young people with long-term or complex health conditions across the UK.
Eli has a diagnosis of 1p36 deletion syndrome, which in turn has caused global development delay. Eli also has low muscle tone, hypermobility, reflux, sensory processing disorder and mild hearing loss. He uses mobility aids such as a wheelchair, standing frame and hoist. Eli gets frustrated being at home but trips out are difficult. Getting Eli outside is important to help him develop his movement.
We wanted to give Eli a garden that he can access with some degree of independence, which offered him safety as well as fun things to engage with. We wanted to create a level, flat play area with a sunken trampoline, a decking area so he can sit out with his family and an area of artificial turf with a ‘Framock’ swing.
From lifting the existing grass, sawing timber and digging a giant hole, to building, laying and screwing down the decking, the tranScrip team covered and mastered a whole range of gruelling tasks, but had a lot of fun along the way.
This garden is going to make a huge difference to Eli and his family’s standard of life on a day to day basis and we couldn’t have been more honoured to help with the transformation.
All at tranScrip would like to thank Lee Trunks from WellChild who made the 2 days extremely successful.
For more information or to ‘Get Involved’ with WellChild Helping Hands Projects, please visit their web site.