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Huge community fundraiser for Woking toddler with Cerebral Palsy

Huge community fundraiser for Woking toddler with Cerebral Palsy

Published by Eagle Radio News Team at 2:28pm 18th September 2018. (Updated at 2:37pm 18th September 2018)

A Woking family have had their year made, after a number of local businesses and individuals got together to create a garden for their son with quadriplegic cerebral palsy to play in.

Three-year-old Dexter
Three-year-old Dexter.

Gemma and Darren Summerscales-Heard welcomed baby Dexter into the world in July 2015, as a sibling to sister Tiana, but there were a number of complications with his birth.  Straight after being born, he had to be resuscitated and suffered what's known as Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy.  A lack of oxygen to the brain led to severe brain damage and left him with quadriplegic cerebral palsy.  He has also more recently been diagnosed with epilepsy.  

At three years old, he can roll, but can't sit, stand or walk, eat or speak.  

Last year, a number of people began to raise the £10,000 needed for alterations to the family garden to make it a safer and more comfortable space for Dexter and Tiana to play and spend time in.   

However, in February this year, Dexter was admitted to hospital with pneumonia which later turned into a condition where his immune system started attacking his brain.  He was shifted to intensive care at St George's in Tooting where he spent four months undergoing multiple tests and operations.  Now, after three months of rehab at The Children's Trust in Tadworth, he's making good progress.  

However, these setbacks meant Gemma and Darren had to delve into the funds raised for the garden do-up and that dream seemed even further from being a reality.

Supporter Simon Wright was determined to make it happen though - and he approached a number of contractors and organisations to help get the project done.

The lion features a garden, to represent the family's courage.
The garden features a lion, to represent the family's courage.

Work started on August 20th, and two weeks later, was complete. 

The family are completely blown away, and said: "What a surreal experience and huge surprise for us.  We are so lucky to have some many kind and generous people in our lives.  An amazing gift given to us out of the hearts of fabulous people, this will allow Dexter and Tiana the space to be children and explore their imaginations.  You will never truly know how much you have done for us."

Dexter is very impressed with the garden's new water feature.

The couple would like to thank:

- Gavin Jones Ltd for the garden plans
- GM Builders Chertsey for the clearance and foundation-laying
- Tree Pirate, Ad Pugh aka Captain Chainsaw for a solid oak carving of a lion to represent the family's courage
- Incentive FM for the safe astroturf
- Johnsons of Whixley for the sensory raised beds
- Wright Building Services in Knaphill for electrics
- Milestone and Green Landscapes for numerous plants
- Chambers of Guildford for rubbish clearance

A community effort
Many local Surrey businesses and individuals came together to help this become a reality.


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