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Big push through streets of Thanet for disabled Archie's dream garden

By Rachael Woods
Debbie Chapman, David Page and their son Archie
Debbie Chapman, David Page and their son Archie

A disabled tot will be closer to getting his dream garden playhouse when fundraisers take to the streets for a bed-push.

Staff from Parkland Estates are raising funds for two-year-old Archie Page who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy. They want to build a garden room for the little boy so that he can play close to nature all year round.

The small army of bed-pushers will criss-cross over Thanet on their fundraising mission.

Sue Daniels, the estate agent’s operations manager said: “Staff chose to support Archie for our charitable cause and when you see pictures of him it’s not difficult to see why. He’s so lovely that he melts your heart.”

Little Archie, who lives in Bay View Road Broadstairs, is unable to sit up. He also has to be fed through a tube in his stomach and cannot speak.

Archie and his Mum and Dad, Debbie Chapman and Dave Page, live in a two-bedroom bungalow and are keen to extend Archie’s play space to the garden.

Debbie, 28, said it would help transform his world and added: “Archie is very engaging and expressive. He likes to laugh and his eyes tell you how he is feeling. We are lucky to have him and he is worth all the ups and downs.”

A team of 12 Parkland Estates’ staff will be pushing the bed, which has been donated by East Kent Hospitals’ Trust. It will be rattling down roads in Birchington, Margate, Cliftonville, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, finally coming to a halt in Westwood Cross.

All the fun takes place on Saturday, July 26, when collection tins will be shaken in aid of Archie’s fund.

Parkland Estates is also selling virtual bricks to help build Archie’s house from its offices in Ramsgate and Cliftonville.

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