Volunteers transform Hyndburn garden for heart defect girl

The Horwich Farrelly Solicitors volunteers get to work on the garden with volunteer team leader Nicola Critchley and Helping Hands programme manager Lee Trunks at the front.

Bonny battler Madison

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

AN angel-faced girl who was born with a life-limiting heart and lung defect will be able to play outside at her home at last, thanks to a national charity.

Six-year-old Madison Kennedy-Finglas, who lives in Charter Street, Accrington, with her family, suffers from a rare heart defect called Scimitar Syndrome.

She also has bronchomalacia - weak breathing tubes - is profoundly deaf and has muscular problems. She has relied on a ventilation system for most of her life.

Because her garden is a combination of ‘mud and a few slabs’, Madison is unable to play outside in the fresh air while mum Danielle is busy with household jobs, and the family couldn’t do the work themselves.

Now, children’s charity WellChild and volunteers from Manchester-based solicitors Horwich Farrelly have joined forces to transform the garden into an area which Madison can enjoy and play safely in.

Danielle said: “The garden was uneasy and muddy. It was just unsafe.

“Madison doesn’t really know what’s going on, she thinks they are just painting in the garden.

“She deserves the freedom. She’s no longer on the ventilation and can now run and play, which we never thought would happen.”

Starting yesterday, the WellChild Helping Hands team has been working hard to clear and level the garden.

By the end of today they will have created a decked area and installed a swing. The sensory garden is for Madison and her sister Macey, five, and brother Dylan, 12, to enjoy.

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Nice to see some good news for a change
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