Here's Ollie's story as told by his Mum Cara.
Ollie is 4 years old and has Cerebral Palsy and a Tracheostomy. This means he can neither walk unaided nor talk. Ollie’s journey started when he arrived into the world 3 months early. In the first few weeks of his life, Ollie underwent various surgical procedures including heart surgery, but a bleed on the brain which starved him of oxygen has meant Ollie is unable to do the normal things other children of his age can. There is currently no cure for Cerebral Palsy but physiotherapy can and does help Ollie become more independent, improve his function, minimise the development of complicating issues, increase his motor skills and optimise his quality of life. Ollie loves being outdoors but unfortunately Ollie’s garden space is possibly the most unsuitable area for a child with Ollie’s difficulties. The garden is steep, inaccessible and now, rarely used. A more accessible garden would enable Ollie to be able to move around in his walking frame, and thus encourage more muscle development. Making the garden physically and playfully accessible will genuinely make a huge difference to Ollie’s life.
Ollie’s Garden project has got off to a fantastic start with the help of a local Landscape gardener, who has not only designed a wonderful space for Ollie, but has also used his own time to appeal to local suppliers for material donations. This will save a big chunk of the cost once Ollie’s Garden project has started. However, we still need to raise £13k to help with the costs associated with such an ambitious project. Many tonnes of earth will need to be removed along with the building of structural walls to ensure a safe environment for Ollie to explore. We simply could not dream of getting this project off the ground without the kind help of local suppliers and your generous donations.