Firefighters fit out disabled girl’s garden

Paul Harris and Carl Denne, from Charity for Kids, Amber-Rose Sims' family and firefighters
Paul Harris and Carl Denne, from Charity for Kids, Amber-Rose Sims' family and firefighters

A DISABLED toddler has received an early Christmas present thanks to an army of kind-hearted firefighters.

The group from Bohemia Road Fire Station spent 10 months fitting out the back garden of three-year-old Amber-Rose Sims so she can play outside.

The toddler, of Athelstan Road, suffers from a rare condition called central sleep apnea, which means her brain stops sending signals for her to breathe.

As a result of this Amber-Rose relies on oxygen when she is in bed, and requires oxygen tanks to be carried when she leaves the family home.

She also suffers from seizures which are currently being investigated as these are not related to epilepsy. The toddler has very lax ligaments, low muscle tone and is unable to speak.

Firefighters used materials sourced by Charity for Kids, set up by Paul Harris and Carl Denne, following donations by businesses, in order to build the outside decking area during their free time.

Mr Harris, the charity’s chairman, said: “With Amber-Rose’s parents family having lots of internal building work going on to make the house suitable to her needs, and with both parents working it became hard for them to try to find time in making a start on clearing the garden. We wanted to help and felt that their efforts would be best suited outside in the back garden.

“Last December we were contacted by several firefighters who volunteered their services to help the family. The garden was in a sorry state. After 10 months the firefighters finally finished just in time for Christmas. We would like to thank Stamco Building Supplies for donating the decking. We would also like to thank the continued support of the fire service but more importantly the public for making donations throughout the year.”

Nikki Sims, Amber-Rose’s mum, said: “Charity for Kids and the firefighters have been unbelievable and words cannot express how much we appreciate what they have done for us. We are so grateful to them.”