A TEENAGER who suffers from Down's Sydrome can indulge in his passion for gardening thanks to the efforts of some green-fingered volunteers.

Robert Doward, 16, from Clock Face, suffers from the condition and also has limited mobility, learning difficulties and partial hearing and sight.

But thanks to the efforts of a team from Speedy, Robert can now enjoy a scenic and easily accessible back garden.

Employees of the Newton-based company spent two days transforming the originally overgrown area.

A variety of tools, equipment and building materials were also donated to create a fun soft play and sensory area in the garden.

Robert’s condition has meant he has been prevented him eating properly for several years.

However, he has taken a recent keen interest in horticulture and has been growing fresh produce to expand the range of foods he can eat.

Raised beds have also been put in so Robert can grow fruit and vegetables he loves and indulge in his new passion.

Shelley Kemp, Speedy’s head of corporate responsibility, said: “At Speedy we value the opportunity to give something back to the communities in which we work and encourage our employees in their charitable activities.

“Transforming Robert’s garden was a true team effort and an absolute pleasure – we hope it brings much happiness to the Doward family over the coming years.”

The project was organised by WellChild, whose 'Helping Hand' scheme offers help to families caring for children and young people by aiding the completion of one-off home improvements.