September 20 2014 Latest news:
Joshua Fowler, Reporter
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
A project to transform the garden of an Orpington woman suffering from a brain tumour has finally been completed.
Ann Greenfield, of Friar Road, has seen the “jungle” at the rear of her home turned into a miniature Eden - equipped with astroturf and a freshly laid patio.
The former chef was diagnosed with the tumour in 1997 and has undergone hours of operations, radiotherapy and steroids. Her friends and neighbours decided to revamp her home and garden after vandals set fire to her garage and destroyed her car last year.
Ann, 55, said: “The garden is so nice now, each time there is a bit of sun I go out there.
“I may not have been a lucky girl to get cancer in the first place, but I’m a lucky girl to have such a wonderful friend and to have all this stuff given to me.”
The project was spearheaded by Ann’s childhood friend Sue Spencer, who has supported her throughout the 16 year battle with cancer.
Ann’s husband, Paul, has also been hands on with the project, as well as being Ann’s full time carer having quit his job with BT.
Ann added: “It is so nice to have a nice garden, I can remember looking at it not so many weeks back and thinking it was always going to be like a building site.
“Now its lovely, I can actually step out of my patio door on to a patio. I have never been able to do that before.”
A lot of the features in the transformed garden were donated by local business and charitable residents, including astroturf from Grono, pergola supplies from Wickes, furniture from charity Gift 2 Give and patio equipment from Walkers.