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Cheltenham Based Children's Charity: WellChild

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A team of volunteers from the Cheltenham High Street branch of Barclays bank braved the winter cold and snow to spend a day completing a WellChild Helping Hands project to transform the garden of a twelve year old boy from Gloucester.

Lee Hill has Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy which dramatically effects all four of his limbs and also has complex partial seizures. He is registered blind and relies on a wheelchair for mobility. The family have recently moved to a house that is more suitable to Lee’s needs although the garden is still an area that is restricted due to its
accessibility.

The hardworking volunteer team from Barclays took up the challenge to set about laying a large patio area outside the backdoor along with plenty of rubber flooring to allow his wheelchair to move easily over the top. A specialist swing and a raised flower bed were also added to provide extra sensory activities for Lee to benefit from.

The transformation which took place in just one day now means that Lee is able to access the garden safely and enjoy time outside with his friends and family.

Lee’s mum, Lorraine Hill, said: “Thank you all so much. Lee can now access the garden which he has been unable to do until now. He loves the swing and as his strength develops he will have free roam around the garden and help develop his independence.”

Lee Trunks, the WellChild Helping Hands Project Manager, said he was delighted with the way the project had gone.

“We were able to make a real difference to the garden and I’m sure Lee will get a great deal of use out of it,” he said.

“I’d like to thank the staff from Barclays who put in such tireless efforts despite the plummeting temperatures throughout the day. What they have achieved has hopefully enhanced Lee’s life and their hard work has gone a little way to help a family whose time is devoted to caring for a seriously ill young person. They worked hard and kept on smiling until the end!”

WellChild helps sick children and their families throughout the UK as they deal with the consequences of serious illness and complex conditions by focusing on three key areas - care, support and research. The charity provides a team of WellChild Children’s Nurses who work with families to ensure that children with complex care needs can leave hospital and return home and, through its Helping Hands scheme, WellChild enlists the support of volunteers to tackle practical projects in the homes of sick children. In addition, the charity has invested more than £20 million in ground-breaking children’s health research projects.


For further information, please contact:

Harriet Evans – WellChild

Tel: 01242 609199

Email: chrishill@wellchild.org.uk

www.wellchild.org.uk