Aidan’s garden overhaul continues

David Laverick and Martin Jobson.

David Laverick and Martin Jobson.

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A big team of helpers turned out on Sunday to tackle the outside of a house which is undergoing a massive community makeover.

More than 10 people offered their services to cut down trees and remove overgrown bushes and grass, as part of the Aid For Aidan appeal.

Aidan garden volunteers

Aidan garden volunteers

Launched by the Gazette, in partnership with Alnwick-based MKM Building Supplies, the campaign aims to make the property, at Fire Station Cottages, Alnwick, suitable for Aidan Jackowiak Smith to live in.

The three-year-old has Cloves Syndrome, an extremely rare medical condition, and suffers swelling to his face and body.

Sunday’s work was a real family affair, with Aidan’s older brother Daniel, mum Vikki and dad Karl joined by his aunts Leanne Milligan and Joanne Jackowiak, uncles Colin Potts and James Milligan, of Morpeth Kitchen Company, his young cousins Noah and Jack Milligan and granddad Alan Jackowiak.

They were helped by the Gazette’s gardening correspondent Tom Pattinson, reporter James Willoughby and Alnwick firefighters Alan Gilbertson and Shaun Arundel.

Meanwhile, inside the house, plasterers David Laverick, Martin Jobson, Jamie Young, Trevor Harding and Mark Tate have offered their services.

Another Aidan Day is taking place tomorrow at 10am to continue with the garden. If anyone can attend, call the Gazette on 01665 602234 and ask to speak to Paul Larkin.