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WellChild transforming the garden of Dagenham boys with severe illnesses

PUBLISHED: 16:53 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:21 08 August 2017

Mum Toni Sherriff-Geary and son Oliver with volunteers who are redesigning and renovating their back garden

Mum Toni Sherriff-Geary and son Oliver with volunteers who are redesigning and renovating their back garden

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The garden of two Dagenham boys suffering serious medical conditions is being transformed by volunteers to improve their quality of life.

Mum Toni Sherriff-Geary and son Oliver with volunteers who are redesigning and renovating their back gardenMum Toni Sherriff-Geary and son Oliver with volunteers who are redesigning and renovating their back garden

Charlie and Oliver Reeves, will have a safe and accessible garden at their home in Osborne Square.

A group of 14 volunteers from Talbot Underwriting Ltd have been drafted in by charity WellChild to help.

Charlie, 14, suffers from lipodystrophy which causes problems with the production, storage and use of fat. He also has a skin condition and is being assessed for autism. His 12-year-old brother Oliver has cerebral palsy.

Mother Toni thinks their garden will “transform” their lives, and said: “I’m not much of a gardener so to have all these volunteers is really amazing.

Mum Toni Sherriff-Geary and son Oliver with volunteers who are redesigning and renovating their back gardenMum Toni Sherriff-Geary and son Oliver with volunteers who are redesigning and renovating their back garden

“The boys have been shy whilst the work has been going on but I know they’ excited about the work.”

WellChild is a charity for children who are severely ill or who have exceptional health needs. They have their own nurses to provide support to children and their families and helping get them out of hospital to be cared for at home whenever possible.

Their Helping Hands programme, which is the scheme Charlie and Oliver are benefitting from, is designed to improve the home lives of ill children.


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