Garden makeover for brave toddler Kacie

Family friend Leigh Kennedy, Kier CR's Terry Hanlon and John Moore, Kacie and her mum Nicole Williams, Deerness Fencing and Landscaping Ltd's Jim Bates and contracts manager David Hind Jnr.
Family friend Leigh Kennedy, Kier CR's Terry Hanlon and John Moore, Kacie and her mum Nicole Williams, Deerness Fencing and Landscaping Ltd's Jim Bates and contracts manager David Hind Jnr.

Two north-east companies have joined forces to transform a garden for a three-year-old who suffers from the rare condition spinal muscular atrophy.

When employees at repairs and maintenance provider Kier North Tyneside heard about Kacie Martin’s condition, they came together with fencing company Deerness Fencing & Landscaping Ltd to revamp the family’s back garden at their Wallsend home in time for her third birthday.

She can now go into the garden in her power chair freely and be safe. It is better than we ever imagined. We are so lucky.

Kacie’s mum, Nicole Williams

The team removed an old metal ramp and replaced it with raised decking to provide direct access to the garden from the house, and added a paved area with raised flowerbeds and a turfed area with bedded plants for the family to enjoy.

The project took around two weeks to complete and was supported by Kier and Deerness Fencing & Landscaping’s supply chain partners including O’Brien Skip Hire, A-Plant Tool & Plant Hire and Earsdon Plants Centre, as well as the Working Roots scheme and TyneMet College.

Kier was introduced to Kacie and her family by their friend, Leigh Kennedy.

“Seeing them reach their goal of £27,000 to get a wheelchair for Kacie was amazing and inspired me to contact Kier to help transform their garden into a wheelchair-friendly haven for Kacie,” she said.

“Kier and their partners have gone above and beyond my expectations; I am blown away with what they have done.”

Kacie’s mum, Nicole Williams, added: “We are so thankful for what Kier, Deerness Fencing & Landscaping and their partners have done for Kacie.

“She can now go into the garden in her powerchair freely and be safe.

“It is better than we ever imagined.

“We are so lucky.”