Garden makeover planned for blind Rowley Regis girl

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A CHARITY football match netted more than £2,000 to turn an unlevel garden into a safe haven for a blind Rowley Regis girl.

The plight of Mia Bowden, who was born with a rare, complex condition septo-optic dysplasia, pulled at the heart strings of Midlands fundraiser Pete Jackson.

His charity Love2Give ran a five-a-side match at Goals in Rowley Regis, which attracted 168 players and 300 spectators, raising £2,400 after being out in touch with her family by a mutual friend.

Mr Jackson, whose charity raises money and carries out practical work, will carry out the garden makeover later this month.

The work will include clearing nettles, fencing, replacing insecure slabs and fixing a trampoline into the ground for the eight-year-old to play on at her Charles Walk home.

Mum Kate Bowden said she and husband Matt were “overwhelmed” by the charity’s offer, which would give Mia the freedom to play outside with brother Jayden, aged six, and sister Gracie-Rae, aged one.

Mrs Bowden said: “I can’t let her out at the moment, because it’s just not safe for her as it’s not level.

“Making it safe will be a big factor for her – being able to go outside to play will mean she will not be bored.”

Mia’s condition causes her to have a variety of difficulties including hormone deficiencies, low blood sugar levels and migraines.

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