8 July 2016

On a summer’s day, most 7 year olds want to play in the garden. But for a little boy from Loggerheads, Staffordshire, this was impossible.

Little Alfie suffers from a rare condition, Leber congenital amaurosis, which means he has severe visual impairment, combined with Autism and Hypotomia (decreased muscle tone). Alfie’s complex combination of conditions, means that he can fall and hurt himself easily.

Alfie is very sensitive to noisy situations, which makes trips to public parks and play areas very difficult. It is important for him to be able to get out and play in his own garden. This combination of conditions means that Alfie needs a lot of support, care and a garden safe enough to play in.

Under the superb guidance from WellChild, members of the Cable Detection team transformed ltittle Alfie’s back garden.

Where once an unloved garden with a severe slope stopped Alfie playing, an area of lawn has been transformed into a suitable play area, safe, secure and perfect for his favourite game of bouncing balls.

The main play area is surrounded by a picket fence, enclosing a decking area and artificial all weather grass, laid on sand to help cushion any potential falls. What has become apparent is the fence is perfect to retain Alfie’s numerous collection of balls.

Now little Aflie has a safe and secure play area allowing him to enjoy the sunshine whilst bouncing balls around the decking area.

Lee Trunks, WellChild Head of Helping Hands programme says: “Transforming a garden into a happy and safe environment for children will complex care needs, helps them to thrive better at home. Seeing Alfie walk around his new play area and watching him smile means everything.”

A very big thank you to Lee Trunks from WellChild for your expert guidance, Katherine Broder VP Leica Construction Tools for taking part and the team from Cable Detection who really enjoyed the experience.

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