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Campaign by Whitstable woman to build wellbeing garden for her ill mum

A woman has called on the support of businesses to help build a wellbeing garden as a tribute to her ill mother.

Natasha Sutton, 37, wants to raise awareness of what looking after a loved one with cancer is like.

The Whitstable resident gave up her own business to care for her mother after she was diagnosed with cancer last year.

Scroll down to hear Natasha talk about her role as a carer

Natasha Sutton wants to raise awareness of what looking after a loved one with cancer is like
Natasha Sutton wants to raise awareness of what looking after a loved one with cancer is like

She hopes the community and local businesses will help transform her garden into a wellbeing garden dedicated to her mother - but also to other carers who may be "struggling".

Ms Sutton said: "For my mum to look at me and not have the twinkle in her eye but the fight in her soul, I just knew I had to do something.

"I would love to create a space so that my mum feels comfortable while she goes through cancer treatment. To have somewhere she doesn't need to do a thing."

She hopes to have the garden ready for autumn and has plans to set up a Facebook page as part of her campaign.

The aim of the project is to "give back that feeling of love" to the community.

The current condition of her garden
The current condition of her garden

She added: "Now I need the support and help from local businesses who want to be involved in something quite incredible.

"This a project where people who are currently going through cancer can share that journey of growing this garden for those family members out there who are really struggling."

Natasha says the garden will bring the character of her mother - who is from Guyana and an "amazing gardener" - into the space.

It will include tropical plants, vibrant colours and foliage to recreate the environment she grew up in.

Donna Richardson, the owner of Enchanted Gardens which has agreed to help Natasha, said: "I am so involved with nature and making sure that nature is accessible to everybody.

Natasha Sutton with her mother Anjani
Natasha Sutton with her mother Anjani

"Especially with people who are struggling themselves, or actually have an illness or disease.

"I think nature has an amazing affect on that.

"I would say that to every other business owner that you just can't sit in your own bubble in this world.

"It could be your mum, your sister - it is definitely going to be a friend. Why wouldn't you help?

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