Garden makeover for forces family

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An eight-year-old Scarborough boy whose dad died in Afghanistan has been treated to a garden makeover by an armed forces charity.

Mikey Found lost his dad Andrew in June 2011, following an incident with an IED, or improvised explosive device.

132613b'Garden makeover'From left,Steve Richardson and Nathan Halford of Forces Support with Mikey Found and mum Cassie Taal.'Picture by Neil Silk'26/06/13

132613b'Garden makeover'From left,Steve Richardson and Nathan Halford of Forces Support with Mikey Found and mum Cassie Taal.'Picture by Neil Silk'26/06/13

Mum Cassie recently heard about the Kidderminster-based Forces Support Charity from a friend and wondered if they could help her improve the garden at their home in Maple Drive.

She explained: “I was having problems keeping on top of the garden and I wondered if someone could help, even just by cutting the lawn.

“When they said they were going to do all this, I was over the moon. I wasn’t expecting it at all.”

Following a visit from the charity’s founder, Bill McCance, Cassie was offered a full garden makeover with a paved patio area, new turf, a planted area with memorial plaque and a trampoline for Mikey.

She said: “It’s been amazing. The progress has been so fast and it’s so different to how it was before - it was so overgrown.

“I think what they’ve done is absolutely amazing and so kind. There’s no way I’d ever have managed to do this myself.”

Mikey added: “It’s brilliant and fantastic! I’m excited about the trampoline. I wasn’t playing out much before, but I’m looking forward to it now.”

The youngster also chose the wording for the memorial plaque, which has been mounted on a stone and surrounded by flowers.

It features the lyrics of his dad’s favourite song, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. Cassie said: “As soon as we asked Mikey what he wanted on there, he said the lyrics straight away.”

The project was made possible by Forces Support, who offer practical help in the house and garden to military families who have lost a loved one.

Project manager Steve Richardson said: “We’ve helped 40 families in the last 11 months. They’re always really happy with the result.

“In this case, they weren’t really using the garden, so it’ll be nice now for them to have some quality time out there.”