Disabled Daventry mum and autistic son smiling again after garden makeover 'nightmare'

A little boy from Daventry who has autism is smiling again after his disabled mother's garden was left like a building site.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 2:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th March 2021, 2:16 pm
Ryan is smiling again.

Claire Ray saved hundreds of pounds to create a safe and fun area for her son, Ryan, nine, to spend time in.

She said she was badly let down by the gardeners who said they were up to the job.

But kind readers of the Daventry Express stepped up to help the family.

Stephen's business to the rescue.

Stephen Annison, director and landscape gardener at Annisons Landscape Gardening, donated and delivered slabs to the house.

He wanted to help in some way after hearing about Claire's plight.

Robert Dornan then agreed to lay the slabs for Claire and has been busy in the garden today (Thursday).

Claire, 47, who lives on the Southbrook estate, has rheumatoidarthritis and psoriatic arthritis. .

Robert gets to work.

She recently had her knee replaced.

Claire told The Gusher: "To finally see a proper start being made on my garden has made me feel emotional.

"I'm so grateful to Robert and Stephen. I can't thank them enough."

She said Ryan, nine, was heartbroken he couldn't play outside.

"When I told Ryan the garden was being sorted he had a big beaming smile," added Claire.

"He can't wait to be able to get to his trampoline."