Letchworth teenager’s sensory garden ‘dream’ for seven-year-old autistic girl

India Noble with Immy Blackburn-Horgan.

India Noble with Immy Blackburn-Horgan. - Credit: Archant

A Letchworth teenager is raising money to build a sensory garden for a young girl with autism.

Immy Blackburn-Horgan is drumming up funds to create a haven full of different sights, sounds and smells for seven-year-old India Noble, who also lives in Letchworth.

The idea behind the project, named A Child’s Dream, is to help India cope with her move from Icknield Infant and Nursery School to Stonehill School in Letchworth, where she started ealier this month.

Immy has teamed up with volunteers aged from seven to 70, as well as 15 groups from the surrounding area, who began building the garden last month and has so far raised more than £2,200 towards the effort.

But the 15-year-old has set her sights on a reaching a target of £3,800, which enable the fundraising team to buy special lighting.

The group is hosting a celebration for India at the garden at 3pm on Saturday, October 4, for those that have helped with the project, which they hope to complete by the end of the year.

Immy, who attends St Francis’ College in Letchworth and is a member of the Wilbury Community Forum, said: “India is an amazing new friend that I met in Wilbury ward in Letchworth. Her mum is a fantastic person who is disabled herself, yet she helps out at Wilbury Community Café offering free face painting and creative activities for those that have less.

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“India moved schools in September – she loves her current school but finds change really stressful, so seeing her so excited just a few weeks ago in her garden, we chatted.

“In her own unique way she tried to tell me what she likes – she loves her dad and mum, of course, but also lights, water, plants and playing in her garden so I want to get the rest of our community in Wilbury, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and beyond involved in this.”

The project is a pilot scheme for the forum, with future plans to to build a community garden for all in the Wilbury area.

To donate to the fundraising effort visit www.spacehive.com/achildsdream.