Dakota’s garden dream

Taking delivery of the concrete for the path are (from left) Liam Yarham, Charlie Holmes, Paul Woodcock and Russell Bannister.
Taking delivery of the concrete for the path are (from left) Liam Yarham, Charlie Holmes, Paul Woodcock and Russell Bannister.

A DREAM of having a garden suitable for a disabled seven-year-old girl to play in is finally beginning to take shape.

Community groups, building firms, landscapers and suppliers all answered a rallying call to help transform Dakota Read’s home in Weston Hills after her mum Paula appealed for help in August.

Dakota Read's garden is starting to take shape thanks to the generosity of a number of south Lincolnshire businesses and residents.

Dakota Read's garden is starting to take shape thanks to the generosity of a number of south Lincolnshire businesses and residents.

Less than three months on, the work is well under way – with hopes of it being completed in time for Christmas.

Dakota has quadriplegic dystonic cerebral palsy and other medical complications, meaning she is unable to walk unaided. The uneven and bumpy terrain of her garden meant she was unable to use her walker outside.

Paula says that is already a thing of the past with the new patio in place: “Dakota has already been out on the patio and block-paved area watching everyone working.

“I can not wait for the warm weather to come so we can utilise the whole space.”

The latest firms to donate materials for the project have included Bullimores, Breedons Aggregates (C&G), Build Centre (Spalding), and D&T Electrical.

Broadgate Homes have helped to provide a permanent gazebo, a patio area and a walkway around the garden.

Chief executive Ian Canham said: “This is a young lady who is local to us as we are a Weston Hills company. It was quite clear that anything we can do, any little thing that improves her quality of life, is something that we should do.

“Sometimes we forget that a little thing we can do can mean a lot to other people.”