The community has come together to help a long-time Berkhamsted resident who has suffered terribly through the pandemic by revamping her garden.
Nicki has lived in the same Berkhamsted house for 30 years. As she has gotten older, she has not been able to continue to maintain her garden.
She was then diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019 just before COVID-19 struck and lost her business at the start of the pandemic.
She underwent chemotherapy which left her with irreparable burns on her lungs from the radiation and unable to breath.
She has struggled to walk since. Nicki has since been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, leaving her on oxygen 24/7 and unable to do any work at home.
Last month, Nicki was taken to hospital by ambulance and was stressed because she needed to work on her garden.
The garden before volunteers revamped it
While she was in hospital, around 20 community volunteers executed a radical transformation of her back garden by removing the rubbish and cutting back decades of overgrowth, before applying new topsoil and turf.
The volunteers said they wanted to give Nicki “a tranquil space at home to relax and to heal”. The wider community got involved by donating around £700 to the volunteers via a fundraising page, all of which helped pay for machinery, soil and new turf.
On the page, volunteer Krya Motley said: “Nicki has no money, no savings and no pension as everything was exhausted to get her through the lockdowns.
“She has helped people in her community for three decades and we hope now the community can also come together and help her to get better.”
You can view the fundraising page here.