Now Tia can play out with the rest of her family and friends
Published at 11:19, Thursday, 15 August 2013
A GIRL can enjoy a new fun-filled play park – in her own back garden.
The parents of Tia McCormick, 10, say the newly-developed garden at their Whitehaven home has offered a life-changing boost to her and the family.
Tia had previously been unable to play outside safely due to her health issues, which include severe autism, chronic lung disease and other difficulties.
Her doctor suggested that new play equipment would benefit Tia and, following a recommendation from the family’s social worker, help was forthcoming.
Tia’s parents John McCormick and Kelly Johnston say it has made a massive difference to their daughter’s life.
John said: “Tia never got the chance to go outside before but now the only problem we have is keeping her inside – she’s constantly playing in the garden.
“It’s made a massive difference to her behaviour and had a tremendous calming effect because of always being outside.”
The Snowball Fund at Sellafield donated the play equipment, including a trampoline, climbing frame and a swing, while Story Homes made the land safe at the family’s Wastwater Road home. The house previously did not have a garden, however land has been donated by Copeland Council to make space for the development. And bark chippings flooring has been provided by Westwood Landscsaping.
Tia now plays in the garden for hours with her brother Mason, four, and sister Jaden, eight, and the whole family have seen a great improvement in her behaviour.
The family thank all those involved in making the renovation happen.
John said: “Everyone’s help is deeply appreciated and we can’t thank those involved enough.”
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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