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New sensory garden will tranform Stowmarket family’s lives

Cheryl and Robin Middleton and their six-year-old son Charlie join staff from PPG's UK Colour Group and ASDA for a bakesale to raise moiney for a new sensory garden ANL-140529-110202001

Cheryl and Robin Middleton and their six-year-old son Charlie join staff from PPG's UK Colour Group and ASDA for a bakesale to raise moiney for a new sensory garden ANL-140529-110202001

The family of a severely disabled six-year-old boy have said a new sensory garden built at their home in Stowmarket will transform their lives.

Charlie Middleton was born with cerebral palsy, brain damage, is severely visually impaired, suffers regular seizures and needs round the clock care by his parents Cheryl, 35, and Robin, 36.

In January, PPG’s UK Colour Group, based in Stowmarket, decided to embark on an ambitious team building project so contacted local charity AJ’s Legacy to help them find a worthy cause.

They were directed to the Middletons and a project named ‘Charlie’s Garden’ was set up with the goal to create a sensory environment for Charlie and his family.

After months of fund raising, including bake sales at the local ASDA, and three weeks on the build, the garden is ready to be officially opened by Mayor of Stowmarket Gerard Brewster tomorrow.

Cheryl said the garden would make a real difference in Charlie’s quality of life.

“The garden is absolutely incredible - it is everything we wanted and more,” she said.

“They have redone the patio to take Charlie further into the garden, there’s a pergola with hanging baskets at his height, raised beds with nice smelling plants and new lighting. Charlie absolutely loves being outside and it is great for him to be out there in the fresh air. It will mean a better quality of life for him. It is just lovely.”

Daniel Vine, from PPG’s UK Colour Group, said he was very proud of what the team had achieved.

He said: “I am sure everyone who has been involved and worked on the garden has a massive sense of pride with what we have achieved. Even we didn’t realise how fantastic it would look.”

 

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