A delighted seven-year-old girl who suffers from a rare heart condition can now go exploring in the back garden thanks to the hard work of kindhearted volunteers.

Madison Kennedy-Finglas has been unable to play out in her garden which was previously just mud and paving slabs, according to mum Danielle Kennedy.

But, with help from volunteers from solicitors Horwich Farrelly, charity Wellchild has given the garden a makeover, adding a swing, artificial grass, a decking area and a giant mirror and brightening it up with butterflies painted on the fence.

Madison, of Charter Street, Accrington has Scimitar Syndrome and bronchomalacia - meaning she has to use a ventilator most of the time - and is also profoundly deaf.

Danielle, 32, said Madison was over the moon with her new play space and was happier now she did not have to use a ventilator during the day.

She said: “It’s given her a bit of normality – all the other local kids are paying out and because she wants to be independent.

“Last summer I was chasing her around with a ventilator and being deaf she’s not aware of cars and things so there’s lots of dangers. She loves the mirror she keeps dancing around and looking at herself and butterflies on the fence.

“We struggle to get her back inside now.”

Danielle added Madison’s siblings Dylan, 12, and Macey, five, could also play with her in the new garden.

.Madison Kennedy-Finglas aged 7 of Charter Street Accrington,pictured in her new sensory garden. with family left to right Macey aged 5,mum Danielle and Dylan aged 12.
 

Madison, whose dad is Lee Finglas, got involved with Wellchild after spending a large amount of time in Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, and Danielle nominated her daughter for the garden makeover.

She added: “It’s been a struggle but she’s doing really well. Wellchild have been brilliant and we’re so grateful.”