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Double boost for March boy Joseph Farmer's sensory garden appeal

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It is hoped work can begin this summer on creating a garden for a disabled March boy thanks to the generosity of fundraisers.

Presentation of cheques to the Joseph Garden Appeal ....Front Isla Farmer 4, Carol Alderton, Joseph Farmer, ..Back Bob Auckland and Dan Farmer. (6454933)
Presentation of cheques to the Joseph Garden Appeal ....Front Isla Farmer 4, Carol Alderton, Joseph Farmer, ..Back Bob Auckland and Dan Farmer. (6454933)

Nearly £4,000 has been raised for the project which aims to create a sensory garden for 11-year-old Joseph Farmer, who suffers from tuberous sclerosis, which affected his global development at causes him to have at least five seizures a day.

As a result of the illness, which he was diagnosed with as a young baby, Joseph has the mental capacity of an eight month old and needs help with everything, including eating and drinking. He is confined to a wheelchair and is cared for by his single-dad Daniel.

The appeal launched last summer aims to raise around £10,000 to provide a sensory garden which Joseph, and his little sister Isla, 4, can enjoy together..

Carol Alderton, leader of the Wisbech Phab Club, who is co-ordinating the appeal was present with two large donations on Thursday evening.

The first was for £1,184 and was raised by the family of Wisbech woman Kirsty Tolley, who died in 2016. It was a massive fundraiser held at Leverington Sports and Social Club and Carol paid trip to Kirsty's family: sisters Tina Adams, Stephanie Johnson and Terrie Watson, for organising the event, which saw not only the money raised for Joseph but a similar amount go to the mental health charity Mind.

"I really would like to say a massive thank you to Tina and her family for their generous donation, which included money raised by Tina's daughter Paige when she had her hair cut off for the Little Princess Trust. Unfortunately traffic meant Tina was unable to make it in time for the presentation, but we want the family to know how grateful we are to them. It means we can hopefully start work this spring on creating the garden," said Carol.

The second amount of £660 was raised at an auction and live music evening at the United Services Club.

Carol said: "We are still short of our target, but we hope to make a start and we will continue to fundraise over the coming months.

"We have several events planned including a table top sale on January 26 and a quiz on March 9 both at the West Walton Village Hall and a fashion show on April 30 at M&Co in March."

To donate visit: mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/carolalderton

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