Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Restoring Hope for Harvey ; Arsonists Destroy Boy's Sensory Room Kind Workers Now Restoring It for Free

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Restoring Hope for Harvey ; Arsonists Destroy Boy's Sensory Room Kind Workers Now Restoring It for Free

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AN AUTISTIC boy whose Christmas gift of a state-of-theart sensory shed was burned down by arsonists is now looking forward to playing in the den of his dreams after a generous benefactor came forward. Parents Fiona and Wesley Ratcliff woke up on Christmas morning to find the shed they had kitted out as a sensory room for seven-year- old Harvey had been raided and set alight by thugs. After hearing the story, businessman Lawrence Jones, 45, put building work at his Manchester city centre-based internet firm UKFast on hold and asked his crew to build Harvey 'the den to end all dens'. Fiona, 34, of Culmere Road, Woodhouse Park, Wythenshawe, said the generosity of Mr Jones and other M.E.N. readers who have come forward to offer help and donations had helped put a smile back on their faces. She said: "It's so much more than we ever expected and it's just blown us away, it really has. "All we were looking for when we agreed to tell our story was to hopefully try to catch the people who did this, but the reaction of the whole community has just left us speechless. …

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