Our baby Alice loves to play in special garden

Alice Hake enjoys her sensory garden with mum Gail Broadbent and friends at their Salterhebble home
Alice Hake enjoys her sensory garden with mum Gail Broadbent and friends at their Salterhebble home

A little girl’s wish to play in her garden has come true after public support to build a special sensory garden.

One-year-old Alice Hake, who was born with an incurable brain condition, has enjoyed playing with friends and family this summer at her Huddersfield Road, Halifax, home thanks to donations from Courier readers, friends and family.

Alice’s mum and dad Gail Broadbent and Aaron Hake called on the goodwill of people to help transform their garden from rock and rubble to a stimulating sensory garden featuring grass, windchimes, bubble machine, ball pool and more.

Aaron was joined by a team of male friends and family in June when they cycled 65-miles from Blackpool to Halifax to raise the £3,000 for the garden project.

One cyclist, Graham, told Gail ‘It was worth every mile to see that little girl’s smile.’

“The amount of support we have had has been wonderful it’s made us feel less alone and restores your faith in people. So many people donated after reading the Courier article, we’ve been overwhelmed.”

Gail said they will get wrapped up this winter and use the garden when they can and are already looking forward to next summer and the arrival of Alice’s sandpit.

Gail and Aaron are holding a Race Night at Siddal Cricket Club on Halloween, October 31, to fundraise for a specially adapted pram for their little girl who has daily physio sessions and needs 24-hour care.

They are welcoming friends, family and the public to an evening of ‘Gee-Gees’ inspired fun. Tickets cost £5 and include a pie and pea supper and a raffle.

The couple is asking the public and local businesses to sponsor a race at £25, ‘buy a horse’ at £5, or ‘name yourself as the jockey’ for £2, or donate a raffle prize. For tickets or to donate call Gail 07772 933 851 or see go fund me ‘Alice Jenny Hake’.