Wellchild’s Helping Hands project, making homes and gardens accessible for young people with exceptional health needs, receives Axis Foundation funding.

The Axis Foundation has donated £6250 to WellChild, supporting children and young people with exceptional healthcare needs. Their Helping Hands project regularly enlists volunteers to create safe, stimulating gardens in the homes of sick children.

A donation like this will allow us to do more work and offer more help to children and families who really need it – Lorna Pedersen, Head of WellChild

Many children and young people live in homes which are not suitable for their needs. This funding will give at least four more children accessible sensory areas to enjoy. A sensory garden can be a haven for children with complex needs because it’s a place that allows them to develop. It is also a familiar environment, so children get the opportunity to actually enjoy playing outside.

Having children with complex conditions often makes going out as a family impossible. So these projects are a lifeline for families who need an outdoor space to spend time in together. This is not always the case as head of WellChild, Lorna Pedersen puts it: “Unfortunately, we do not have the funding to support everyone who comes to us for help. So a donation like this will allow us to offer more help to families who really need it. We are very grateful to Axis for this kind donation to the WellChild Helping Hands programme.”

The project offers organisations a unique opportunity to have a direct impact on their local community. Through volunteering days companies can have fantastic team building experiences, while improving the lives of many people. WellChild has already worked on over 390 gardens UK wide and has over 90 successful London projects.

To find out more, visit www.wellchild.org.uk.