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Northwich garden makeover bid for youngster with muscular dystrophy

Dillon Healey's family are hoping to win MyBuilder's garden transformation competition

Ella, Dave, Gail, Matilda and Dillon Healey are hoping to win MyBuilder's garden transformation

Winning a garden makeover would mean the world to one Northwich youngster who suffers from a progressive muscle-wasting condition.

Ten-year-old Dillon Healey’s family are in the running to win MyBuilder’s competition to have their patch of land transformed into somewhere accessible and safe for him to play with sisters Ella, 14, and seven-year-old Matilda.

Dillon’s mum Gail Healey, 42, explained their garden has been neglected because an extension was built last year to house a downstairs bedroom and wet room for Dillon, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The Healeys' garden in Barnton, Northwich

She said: “This has left us with a small garden with difficult access.

“We used all of our budget on the extension and haven’t been able to complete the garden.

“It would be amazing if we could use the garden this year and have family and friends round and easy access for Dillon.

“He will eventually be in a wheelchair permanently but at the moment he is still walking short distances and uses his manual wheelchair when needed.”

Currently, there are three big steps down to the garden from the house, which the Hebden Green Community School pupil struggles with.

Gail revealed her ideal garden would include a ramp, decking, seating and an area to plant flowers and herbs.

Voting closes on May 27. The 12 entries with the most votes will be shortlisted and MyBuilder – an online market place that connects tradespeople with homeowners – will select the winner, who will receive £1,000 worth of materials and a MyBuilder tradesperson to create their dream garden.

To vote for the Healeys’ garden to be transformed, click here.

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