This morning I came a cross a story from The Evening Echo newspaper online that tells of how a teenage girl who uses a wheelchair, is denied a ramp by her local council as ‘she has no need to go into the garden’!

Story here

I am sorry but that is inhumane and the desk jockey’s should be bloody ashamed!

Image from Evening Echo Website

Seeing this girl sat at her back door brought back some memories and if you follow my blogs you will know what I mean!

Yes it can be said that we don’t really have any need to be in the garden, we probably aren’t capable of cutting the grass or digging over the border.

But I can bet you that in the nice weather, those people who decided that Pheobe didn’t need to get into her garden, I bet on a break they like to step outside and feel the sun on their face and get some fresh air! We all do, it’s a basic human instinct to want to get some fresh air and enjoy being outdoors.

Now imagine if you didn’t even go out to work, if you was stuck indoors for the majority of the time.

It’s wrong to deny this girl access to being outside. I hated it when the weather was nice and the family would sit outside and I would be sat at the backdoor like some caged animal.

Fortunately people rallied together and donated enough money for me to have an accessible deck built and Leigh Timber gave us an amazing discount on the timber. I don’t have a ramp down onto the garden but just being able to wheel outside when I choose is more than I could explain in mere words. Laying outside on a sunny day has saved me from depression and boosted my outlook more than you would believe.

I fully appreciate that Castlepoint Borough Council are probably trying to deal with harsh budget cuts, but this is someones life and this young girls life is not something to ignore just to save some money that is probably equivalent to one of their posh lunches.


By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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