Sarah Hayes has been granted her last wish for a garden playground to be built for her children.
The Merseyside Community Rehabilitation Company (M CRC) Community Payback team worked in partnership with Radio City’s Cash for Kids charity to build the garden.
In 2012, Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer five months after her youngest daughter was born. Her daughter was born with Cornelia de Lange syndrome, a very rare genetic disorder and is confined to a wheelchair.
Sarah said: “I am so grateful to Radio City and probation’s Community Payback team for building this beautiful garden.
“There are days when I am in too much pain to get to the park. I can now watch the children play outdoors in the comfort of my own garden.”
The breast cancer has spread into Sarah’s spine. The mum-of-four has received chemotherapy and is now having anaphylactic hormone therapy which is keeping the cancer stable, but causes her considerable pain.
She said: “When I was advised I had terminal cancer, my husband Stephen and I wanted to use our savings to create lasting memories for the children.
“We took them on holidays and special events, but there was not enough money left for the garden.”
Community Payback is a sentence made by the courts which results in offenders giving up their time to carry out projects that benefit the community.
John*, who completed his unpaid work hours on the project, said: “When we heard the story, it made us all really motivated to do a good job.
“I’ve got children of my own and could really sympathize with them. It was the most worthwhile project I have ever done.”
Community Payback project supervisor, Rob Thomson said: “The project was a fantastic success story. It allowed service users to use and develop their skills and make a difference to a family that deserves all the help they can get.
“I am also proud to say that most of the supplies were donated by local Wirral businesses.”
The team cleared out a heavily overgrown garden and created an outdoor living space with a lawn, raised beds and a patio area.
They identified a further opportunity to help the family and landscaped the front garden to make room for an easy access wheelchair ramp.
Sarah Hayes and M CRC have been invited to speak on Liverpool Live with Mick Coyle on Radio City Talk at 2:20 pm on Thursday 11 March.
*John is not the service user’s real name.