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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Charities unite to help create safe and fun play area for Barrow girl

A CHEQUE for £800 has been handed to an autistic Barrow girl to give her a safe place to play in her own garden.

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getting involved Dan Austin from the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund with Harrison Holmes and Saskia Brown. Both Harrison’s Fun Fund and the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund have donated £800 each to transform Saskia’s garden into a safe and fun play area JON GRANGER REF: 50058564B000

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The cheque was given to Saskia Brown, 14, by Harrison’s Fun Fund, after it received a donation from the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund.

The group heard about the work of Harrison’s Fun Fund after reading about its good work in the Evening Mail.

Saskia has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and general learning difficulties.

The combined effect of these conditions prevent her from being able to play alone in her back garden at Cote Ley Crescent, on Walney.

Her mother Jennifer Brown, 43, said: “The fence is too low and it’s just not safe enough out there.

“I have to worry every time I leave her alone, even if I go upstairs just for a minute, in case she gets over the fence and wanders off.

“The danger is that she wouldn’t be able to properly communicate who she is or who I am if she came into contact with somebody.”

Harrison’s Fun Fund, named after Harrison Holmes, 12, who also suffers with learning difficulties, helps families in the community with problems like Saskia’s.

The fund was set up by Harrison’s mother, Joanne Holmes, 39.

They planned to raise about £1,600 for the garden, heightening the fence, installing a trampoline enclosure, and putting in a soft play area. Miss Holmes said: “It’s all about fun, and helping to find fun for these children.”

Dan Austin, 26, is the managing director of the Lake District Farmers, a charitable organisation that hosts celebrity chef events at Clarence House Country Hotel and Restaurant in Dalton.

He said the fund got involved and decided to make the donation after reading about the story in the Evening Mail.

He said: “Harrison’s Fun Fund is so great, and doing so much for the community. We felt the charity was so similar to what we wanted to do and that’s why we got involved.”

With £800 donated by the Lake District Farmers, and £800 by Harrison’s Fun Fund, there is enough money to transform Saskia’s garden into a safe and fun play area.

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