West Norfolk's charity garden's opening marked with help from special equine guests
Mini donkeys were the centre of attention at a special event to mark the official opening of a charity garden in Lynn.
They were among guests at the Railway Road headquarters of the West Norfolk Deaf Association on Tuesday morning when they were popular with staff, service-users and visitors.
The Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing charity brought their little ambassadors to town for the celebration.
“We had an amazing morning and welcomed loads of visitors to the Deaf Centre where the garden has been transformed over time into a user-friendly outside area that our young members can enjoy,” said manager Karen Robson.
The tiny garden area had been all-but taken up with an old staircase and was far from ideal to be used by anyone, let alone the children who attend the centre on a regular basis.
But thanks to fundraising and the hard work of a legion of volunteers, it has been completely revamped to include games, seating and is an outside area to be used.
“The old garden was impossible, and our younger members sometimes just want to be outside - so there was only one thing for it and fundraising for the new area was started.
“We are really grateful to everyone who contributed to the garden, particularly the King’s Lynn Vancouver Round Table which helped so much,” added Karen.
Norfolk Community Foundation’s Little Acorns, West Norfolk Borough Council and Norfolk County Council also contributed financially to the garden, which cost more than £15,000 in total.
The final bill included sensory play equipment, specialist fencing, removing the staircase, electrical work and synthetic grass.
King’s Lynn’s Able Engineering, Osbourne and Kent, of Wymondham were also a huge part of the project.
“It has made a real difference to the deaf centre and our young users and we wanted to thank everyone who helped with this event,” said Karen.
The project started when the town’s Vancouver Round Table made a financial donation to the association and plans for the garden were started with improving the outdoor space and making it suitable for the community among the priorities and the small space is now a colourful addition to the centre’s facilities.
The town centre building is home to the WNDA which also runs At No8 the Old Bookshop in Downham Market High Street along with a charity shop opposite in the town.
The charity supports those of all ages with hearing difficulties and offers a range of services from advocacy to hearing aid care and batteries.
It also offers courses in sign language and has outreach clinics at 17 GP clinics across West Norfolk. Volunteers also visit residential homes to care for hearing aids.
It relies on the tireless work of volunteers and donations to provide its range of services.