‘The secret superheroes of the world’ – Stevenage boy with rare condition to get safe play garden thanks to kindness of strangers
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A Hitchin landscaping team’s call for the community to help them create a dream garden for a three-year-old boy with a rare genetic condition has yielded donations from strangers of more than £1,000 in a week – and others have come on board with offers to decorate the house.
Three-year-old Logan Keir from Stevenage was born with Digeorge syndrome and other medical issues which make it hard for him to play outside.
Shane Johnson of Heaven and Earth Landscaping Services is spearheading the project, which is planned for early June, as his firm’s goodwill project for the year – and 25-year-old mum Gemma Brown is over the moon.
“Logan’s muscles are not the strongest so a walk to the park can make him tired before he has even got to play,” she said.
“To have a sensory safe environment to play in on his doorstep will be a dream come true every single day for him.”
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This isn’t the first time strangers have rallied around Gemma, dad Max, Logan and one-year-old brother Caleb – after a Facebook appeal before Christmas, Chells-based Tiger Flooring provided waterproof laminate flooring for Logan’s bedroom.
“The community has been so kind to us,” said Gemma.
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“We are a small family, we don’t have much help as it is, so it’s just been incredible to meet everyone and know we’re going to be okay.”
Shane said: “The garden is horrendous. We want to put a deck in coming out the door with a gate where Logan can play, a green area and at the end of the garden we’ll put a safe environment with a big climbing frame.”
Word quickly spread through a ‘Garden for Logan 2016’ Facebook group, and an online donations page had received pledges worth £1,000 within seven days. Shane, 40, has been joined by Chris Standen of Aerial Images, Cliff Lee of CDL Repairs, Dan Mayhew of DJM Carpentry and Building Ltd and Leigh Mulholland of MBC Construction – the latter two of whom have also arranged to decorate inside the house and carpet Caleb’s bedroom.
“Shane and the team are doing something for the boys that we could never of dreamed of happening,” said Gemma.
“They are the secret superheroes of the world, saving children and families in need. I can’t be more thankful.”
Last year Shane put a team together to transform a garden in Stevenage’s Vinters Avenue for a four-year-old girl with Down’s Syndrome. Businesses that helped him out then included the Growing Strong Garden Centre and JMB Fencing in Ickleford, Herts Timber of Letchworth, and Keith Jones Butchers of Redhill Road, Hitchin.
For more information or to donate visit gofundme.com/gardenforlogan.