Long before Eleanor was born, not long after Tim bought the house we all live in now, he got very poorly and spent a lot of time in hospital which meant he couldn’t work to pay the bills. This meant he had to use the money he’d saved up to renovate the house, to pay those bills, and therefore couldn’t finish all the nice things he had planned for our house.
Our garden remained a messy and unsafe place for Eleanor so she never really went out there much.
Since Eleanor’s diagnosis some very kind friends and colleagues of Tim’s wanted to help and wanted to give Eleanor a safe place to play in, especially when the sun is out!
This is how Eleanor would remember the garden when she could see…
and this is our garden now…
An amazing transformation, don’t you think?
It’s all on one level for Eleanor and the contrast in surfaces helps her to get around independently.
This is all thanks to Derek & Nick’s meticulous planning, extremely hard work and financial input.
Also Dave’s generosity in buying a lovely big trampoline for Eleanor.
Not forgetting the trades that contributed materials and often additional labour at little or no cost to make it happen.
We are over the moon with it, we all come out and spend much more time in the garden, when the sun is shining and even when it isn’t! Even our nice neighbours come over and our lives are much happier now that we have this new space.
Eleanor often helps Daddy mow the lawn too, it’s all so much fun! There’s only a few final touches needed now.
It is difficult to say THANKS to so many people for such a wonderful gesture,
perhaps these few photos will show you just how grateful and happy we are…
Since Eleanor’s Great, Auntie Ann & Uncle David came to visit, there’s even a poem with a little about Eleanor and our garden!