£130raised of £2,550 target by 7 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,550 to fund a disabled-friendly garden makeover for my special sister

Caterham, United Kingdom

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This is for my lovely sister, Julie. A very giving person, she does a lot of voluntary work for the Caterham community and she didn't know Mum and I are doing this, so it was shhhh! But she's heard in rhe local grapevine and is thrilled.

For those who don't know of her disability, a severe scoliosis (S-shaped spinal curve) resulted in long-term damage in her spine, causing severe and constant pain. Identified too late for teenage remediation, she ended up having two lots of spinal surgery in her 40s, inserting three metal rods to prevent the curve from increasing. She is on the maximum allowance of daily pain killers and has had so many X-rays, she can now only be X-rayed if it's "important enough".

Despite the difficulties the pain causes in mobility, she does all she can in the local community. She set up and now runs two online community forums for Caterham, her home town, now totalling 7500 members, She dons her high-vis jacket to man the local car boot sale, even though she can only sit, not walk around. She's an unpaid Trustee on the local Community Trust, invited to represent the social housing sector. She actively promotes a local registered charity running as an arts, music and soft play centre. Despite her disability, she has been determined to make a difference in the world around her and, as she says herself "Although I'm not in employment, I am by no means idle!"

So, why are Mum and I asking for help for Julie?

Her physical condition doesn't allow her to work in a standard employed capacity, so she manages on very little. She has a small garden, which is her little haven, a really important factor to her health and wellbeing. But, she's unable to look after it. She can't mow the small lawn and her back isn’t capable of lots of bending to do any weeding, so it's become unsightly and unmanageable. To remain living in the house and avoid the possibility of being moved into a flat with no outside space, which we think would badly harm her health, the small garden needs a bit of a re-landscaping. Nothing fancy, just get rid of the lawn, replace with some simple paving, and add some raised beds, high enough for her to look after.

Quotes originally ranged from £2500 upwards, so we're going it alone, looking at raising as much as we can to get the ball rolling, already receiving some wonderful offers of physical help to get the work started and together we can make it happen!

This Justgiving page is being managed by me (Julie's sister) and her Mum. Can you help Julie please? Thank you for reading her story.

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  • Hazel Parrock3 days ago
    Hazel Parrock

    Hazel Parrock

    3 days ago

    Hurrumph to the weather! Hi everyone in the Julie garden makeover clan. We're still waiting on the weather for a clear run with no real risk of mushy ground. Back onit soon :-)

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  • Hazel Parrock1 month ago
    Hazel Parrock

    Hazel Parrock

    1 month ago

    Thank you so much for your donations to this project. We are now just waiting for the weather to become garden friendly enough to make a start on the next phase. We need a stretch of nice clear weekends. Watch this space! Together we can make it happen!

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  • Hazel Parrock3 months ago
    Hazel Parrock

    Hazel Parrock

    3 months ago

    Hi everyone, well it’s slow progress, but it’s still progress! The garden is clear, rubbish and junk now occupies the tip, thanks to some lovely helpers who helped with lifting & lugging (my sister can’t lift & lug) and look it now!! Yay! Plan is to set to and start the reshaping after Christmas when the weather hopefully is on the mend and the volunteers are available. Together we can make it happen! Thanks all :-)

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6 months ago

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  • Jasmine Ketibuah

    Jasmine Ketibuah

    Jan 23, 2018


  • Elouise Summers

    Elouise Summers

    Oct 24, 2017

    You need to send this to a wider audience. Maybe post to FB? Didnt see this message before today but gladly chip in for her. X


  • Sylvia Munn

    Sylvia Munn

    Sep 24, 2017

    Good luck with the project!Sylvie


  • nicola Green

    nicola Green

    Aug 31, 2017

    Julie does great things for the Caterham Community.. she deserves something back xxx


  • Sandra Wordsworth

    Sandra Wordsworth

    Aug 29, 2017

    Good luck and enjoy your garden xx




    Aug 29, 2017

    Best wishes to you all. Very happy to support this surprise as Julie does so much for our local community and I agree that gardens are a real therapy!

  • Hilary Hopkinson

    Hilary Hopkinson

    Aug 28, 2017

    Great cause Hazel - I want to see Julie's face when she finds out! xx


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Hazel Parrock

Hazel Parrock

Caterham, United Kingdom

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