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Wesley thrilled with new 'clubhouse' built by local well-wishers and firms

KMFM Johnny Lewis celebrates with Wesley in his rebuilt studio
KMFM Johnny Lewis celebrates with Wesley in his rebuilt studio

It took shed loads of support from generous Isle of Thanet Extra readers but disabled Wesley Colbran is once again making plenty of noise in his treasured shed.

Our campaign struck a chord with dozens of residents and businesses, many of whom attended the re-opening of Wesley’s garden music studio last week.

His mum Jane explained that Wesley, who suffers quadruple cerebral palsy, was very upset after finding out his old shed would have to be pulled down because the wood had begun to rot.

She said that the kindness of local people has made his life “much happier”, adding: “Wesley was completely overwhelmed by the occasion and at one point he just burst into tears.

“I just can’t thank everyone enough. We’re so grateful for the support of O&S Sheds, Oliver Carpets, County Electrical Services, DC Homewood, Graham Twyman, the Lions Club, First Choice, Kevin De-Vito and everyone else who helped out.”

Delighted Wesley hit the right note soon after the launch, entertaining guests with a performance alongside bandmates from the Strode Park Foundation, a leading disability charity based in Herne Bay.

kmfm DJ Johnny Lewis, who had also promoted Wesley’s plight on the Thanet breakfast show, attended last week’s opening ceremony and said: “It was great to see him with a smile on his face and making such a racket again!

“I know the family were amazed at the support of our big-hearted listeners and readers of the Extra.”

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