September 26th, 2016

Makeover to give family a dream garden

Makeover to give family a dream garden Makeover to give family a dream garden

A SMALLWOOD family will finally have the gardens of their dreams this weekend after five long years of having to keep their young children indoors for their own safety.

Natalie and Mark Humeniuk have endured countless sunny days when their youngsters Wyatt, aged seven, and five-year-old Piper have wanted to go outside to play.

The children both have Autism Spectrum Disorder and Wyatt also suffers from flat feet and hyper flexible joints, which means he needs special equipment and exercises in order to avoid his condition getting worse.

In addition, Piper is hyperactive and needs constant stimulation.

“The garden has been such a state for years, there are holes everywhere and we don’t even have a gate,” Natalie said. “I’m always nervous taking them out — the kids need a garden that is both safe and sensory.”

But thanks to a makeover by children’s charity Whizz Kidz, the Humeniuk family will now be able to enjoy a garden that is stimulating for both Wyatt and Piper yet still fun for older step-brother Cameron, who is ten.

Whizz Kidz fund-raiser Lauren Bird has organised the makeover, which will take place between Sunday (August 23) and Wednesday (August 26).

She added: “I am looking forward to it — it’s a new challenge for me, I’m used to doing craft events but this is out of my comfort zone.

“We’re going to give the family the garden they need and deserve.”

Plans for the makeover include plenty of bright colours, a sensory playhouse and a respite area for Natalie and Mark which will grant them a much-needed relaxation area.

Lauren has already enlisted the help of around 25 volunteers, including members of Bromsgrove Rugby Club, who will be sponsored for their efforts with all funds raised going to Whizz Kidz.

Anyone able to lend a helping hand should email Lauren at, visit or text TEYD53 to 70070.