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Elissa Mawson


We would love to be considered for a garden makeover for Ashley our son. He has a chromosome abnormality (Trisomy 13) which has affected him severely both mentally and physically. He is wheelchair dependent and has lots of health issues including epilepsy, hydrocephalus, partially sighted, hearing loss, feeding tube fed and has a tracheostomy to help him breath. He has overcome so much in his life, he has knocked on heavens door quite a few times but thankfully there's been no reply! He requires a lot of oxygen 24 hours a day which makes him virtually house bound, although when he was completely bed bound we still managed to get him in the garden on his bed! He is such a happy young man enjoying the simple pleasures in life that we often take for granted, the breeze on his face, the warmth of the sun on his skin. Ashley is non verbal, and is happiest when outside in the garden (in all weathers!) the smile on his face when outside says a thousand words. We do try to make it a nice space for him, and try to involve him in gardening and to be honest, it's not the worst garden you'll see, but we lack inspiration and time to make it special. Ashley lives at home with his Mum, Dad two sisters and until recently his oldest sister and 5 year old niece who has just finished 2 year treatment for leukaemia. They may of moved out, but they are still regular visitors. We would so love for the garden to be much more appealing, interesting more wheelchair accessible and sensory place for him to enjoy. A place where Ashley, family and carers can relax, enjoy and spend time together. Thank you for reading and for votes we receive.

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