A £400 donation has been gifted to the family of a boy with an extremely rare medical condition, as part of a major community makeover campaign.
Alnwick Lions has given the cash to help transform the back garden at the house of Aidan Jackowiak Smith, who has Cloves Syndrome and suffers swelling to his face and body.
His parents, Vikki Jackowiak and Karl Smith, are determined to turn the space into a haven, complete with a sensory area, for the brave three-year-old.
The Lions’ donation will go towards purchasing turf for the plot, which has already been cleared by volunteers and is a far cry from the over-grown jungle which confronted the family when they purchased the house in the summer.
Meanwhile, flagstones have been offered by Alnwick-based MKM Building Supplies and Craig Brown, of Alnwick’s ADR Landscapes, began laying them on Saturday.
Karl said: “We are really grateful for the support we have received.”
Work in the garden, which is still a long way from completion, has been sparked by the Aid For Aidan appeal, which was launched by the Gazette, in conjunction with MKM, in July.
The campaign was a rallying call to businesses, tradesmen and residents to help renovate the family’s new house in Alnwick, which was dilapidated at the time of purchase, and transform it into a home which was suitable for Aidan’s needs.
A huge community response followed and in just four months, the Fire Station Cottages property underwent a huge revamp.
As a result, the family, including Aidan’s older brother Daniel Jackowiak, recently moved in to their ‘dream home’ – as reported in last week’s Gazette.
However, while they will be able to celebrate Christmas in their new house, there is still some work to do inside and we are appealing for a plumber to come forward to help fit the en-suite bathroom.
Anyone who can help should call James Willoughby at the Gazette on 01665 602234.