BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS A wish come true

17 Sep 2004, 01:48:13 PM

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28 at 7.30PM on SEVEN

Like most five-year children, Brittney McKenna loves playing in the garden – where she can escape into a world of fantasy and magic.

But unlike most five-year old kids, Brittney has spent the majority of her childhood in and out of hospital. Brittney has spinal muscular atrophy. It's a disease in which the nerve endings of the muscles deteriorate leaving her confined to a wheelchair.

During her time in hospital, one of Brittney's greatest delights was exploring the “fairy gardens” at Sydney's Randwick Children's Hospital.

When the Starlight Children's Foundation asked Brittney to list her three favourite wishes, she had only one – to have a fairy garden of her own.

So that's when the BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS team, host NONI HAZLEHURST, GRAHAM ROSS and daughter LINDA ROSS, husband and wife team ROB and GWEN PALMER and MAEVE O'MEARA stepped in to make young Brittney's wish come true, by transforming her parent's lawn into an enchanting fairy garden which Brittney can easily explore from her wheelchair.

Brittney's mum Debbie McKenna says this has always been her daughter's dream. “It represents a very special haven for her – it's her tranquility, her escape, her personal space. This will really lift her spirits. It's also a wonderful place for Brittney and her little brother Liam to play together – which they don't have the opportunity to do very often.”

NONI HAZLEHURST is full of admiration and praise for Brittney and her whole family. “Brittney is a very strong, very brave little girl. Despite everything she's going through very little fazes her.or her family.”

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS, A WISH COMES TRUE

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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28 at 7.30 pm on SEVEN