Please dig deep for Dakota’s dream garden

Steve Willson hands over a cheque for �1,000 from Bourne Kart Club to Paula Read, with some of the others who have generously donated to help Dakota so far.
Steve Willson hands over a cheque for �1,000 from Bourne Kart Club to Paula Read, with some of the others who have generously donated to help Dakota so far.

A LITTLE girl’s dream of being able to play in her garden has taken another step closer to becoming reality.

Generous builders and individuals have answered pleas from Dakota Read’s family to come up with designs to make their garden disabled-friendly.

Now we’re calling on readers to help again with the toughest part of the challenge – raising the estimated £4,000 needed to finish the work.

Seven-year-old Dakota, who lives in Weston Hills with mum Paula, brother Jacob and sister Lachan, has quadriplegic dystonic cerebral palsy and other medical complications.

It means she can not control her arm and leg movements and has a life expectancy of 15.

Single mum Paula appealed for help with her “bumpy” and heavily-planted garden last month, saying she wanted Dakota to have the chance to do the things other children can do.

Since then, designs have been drawn up thanks to Steve and Lee Willson Builders, Darren Wilson Builders and Broadgate Homes, and the work is about to begin.

They hope to have a tarmac area for Dakota to ride her tricycle, and a block-paved patio which will be sheltered by a gazebo to keep her out of the sun.

A pathway will allow Dakota to easily make the trip down the garden to look at her ducks and chickens, and the grassed area is to be evened out and turfed.

Paula said: “I was not expecting any of this. I am so glad to have met these guys.

“It’s more than I could ever have imagined.”

Donations have already started pouring in, with £1,000 from Bourne Kart Club, and £375 from Moulton Rainbows.

We’re also donating £500 from the Lincolnshire Free Press Children’s Fund.

A number of offers for free materials and labour, as well as materials at cost price, have also been received to help along the way.

Moulton’s Abbeygate Rest Home will be holding a sponsored walk on October 2, where everyone is free to join in. Those interested should call manager Donna Bailey on 01406 373343.

nAnyone wanting to donate to the appeal can do so via our offices in The Crescent, Spalding. Cheques should be made out to the Lincolnshire Free Press Children’s Fund.