Mural helps sensory garden for March youngster to take shape
A sensory garden for an 11-year-old boy with a rare condition is now starting to take shape.
Joseph Farmer suffers from tuberous sclerosis, which has affected his global development and 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.
Wisbech Phab Club is raising £10,000 to transform the barren bit of grass outside the family home in March into a sensory garden to help Joseph interact and communicate with his father Daniel and sister Isla.
Members of Eddie’s in March have now created a beautiful mural which will take pride of place in the transformed garden.
The mural was presented by the Eddie’s group to Joseph’s father Daniel during a presentation on Monday, September 16.
The person behind the Joseph's Garden project is Wisbech Phab Club leader Carol Alderton, who has thanked Eddie’s for their support.
She said: “They have created this mural as an extra project and it is going to make a big difference.
"The hard landscaping has been done within the garden which allows us to now introduce features like this.
"We are aiming to create a space to help Joseph to interact."
The group has a long way to go to fully complete the garden make-over with around £6,000 being raised.
Fresh calls for support are now being issued to help create a make-over for this youngster and his family.
Carol said: "We have completed a lot of the practical work, apart from the fencing, so we'd now like to move onto the sensory aspects.
"We would love a water feature, lots of colour, raised flower beds with scented plants, wind chimes and a soft play area. Isla is also desperate for a swing, so it would be great to be able to include one of those that both the children can enjoy. Having a lovely outside space where Joseph can relax would make a huge difference for him."
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