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Garden angels come to the aid of 99-year-old Romford woman and help tidy her wild back yard

PUBLISHED: 11:01 31 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:11 31 August 2017

Doreen with the volunteers in her garden. Picture: Radfield Home Care Havering

Doreen with the volunteers in her garden. Picture: Radfield Home Care Havering

Radfield Home Care Havering

A carer went above and beyond her role when she saw that her 99-year-old client’s garden was overgrown and ants were spreading into her kitchen.

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Natalea Haydon, care manager for Radfield Home Care Havering & Brentwood, noticed Doreen’s garden in Romford had gone wild and ants had started nesting in the house.

After clearing a small pathway, it was obvious that Natalea needed the help of some professionals.

Not sure where it would lead, she posted some pictures of the garden on social media with a plea for people to help her client.

The response from the local community was amazing and within a few hours, a team of “garden angels” had been assembled and a date had been set for the work.

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“Natalea is a real giver when it comes to her clients, particularly those that need additional support,” said Jennie Bardrick, director of Radfield Home Care.

“Whilst Natalea has only been providing support to Doreen for a short period of time, the relationship they have built was truly visible, and so trying to help Doreen sort her garden was an obvious thing for Natalea to do.”

The “garden angels”, led by Tim Green of County Garden Management, arrived at Doreen’s home with vans and equipment to attack the back garden.

The eight-strong team of volunteers got to work and Natalea and Doreen plied them with biscuits and cake to keep their energy levels up.

Doreen could not have been more pleased with the result which enabled her to access her garden again, and removed the potential hazards in the kitchen.

She said: “I am so grateful that people have come to help me, they are some of the kindest people I have come across in 99 years.

“I have never met anyone as helpful as Natalea, she really is my guardian angel.”

Natalea and her garden angels are planning even more garden work in the future.

They hope to sow grass seed and are appealing to the community to donate small furniture items so that Doreen can enjoy a cup of tea in the garden or even host a garden party for her 100th birthday.

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