‘Thank you for my garden’
A LOCAL playground construction firm has completed a sensory garden for a 12-year-old who, due to a serious medical condition, had been unable to get outdoors.
Wollaston-based Timotay Playscapes came to the aid of young Lewis Herbert – giving him sound, light, sight, reflection, touch and smell outside his home, delighting both him and his whole family.
As a three-month-old baby, Lewis had been diagnosed with West Syndrome, which later developed in to Lennox Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), an extremely rare form of epilepsy.
Lewis (pictured in his new garden) requires 24-hour care by his parents Gary and Lexi and, due to his severe disabilities and restrictions on the wheelchair access in and around his Northampton home, he had been isolated to the indoors, unable to venture outside with his parents, brother and sister.
Last year, family and friends began fundraising through the Tree Of Hope Children’s Charity to help create a bespoke sensory play garden and enhance his quality of life.
Gary Cornhill, design director for Timotay Playscapes, said: “It is always touching to know that we have created something to make a difference and give a family a better life together.
“Through consultation, design and then construction we have created a sensory garden for a lovely family, truly devoted to making their home a place where their son can be included in both indoor and outdoor activities. This garden for Lewis allows him to explore a multi-sensory environment, including; sound, light, sight, reflection, touch and smell through a number of play items designed specifically for Lewis and his family. We look forward to staying in touch with the Herberts and hope they have great fun in their new garden.”
Gary and Lexi, Lewis’ parents, told Extra Local: “Lewis is now spending quality time in his garden with the whole family, which is absolutely amazing for us all. This is something which most people take for granted, but for him to be able to access the garden means the absolute world to him and our whole family. He looks so happy, relaxed and chilled, which is so incredibly special for us to see, we look forward to spending many happy times together in our new garden.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to the whole team at Timotay for all their advice and hard work throughout the project. Without their expertise and support Lewis’ dream of a wheelchair-accessible sensory garden would not have come true. We would also like to put on record how incredibly impressed we were with Timotay – excellent from start to finish.”
Lewis and his family also sincerely thank all those who donated and fundraised on their behalf.