Neighbours green-fingered gift for couple

Vinod Jewtha with other volunteers who did up the garden of Shripad and Vandama Bhadti. PNL-150306-095257001
Vinod Jewtha with other volunteers who did up the garden of Shripad and Vandama Bhadti. PNL-150306-095257001
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Kind-hearted neighbours and volunteers rallied around friends in need on Sunday to bring a new lease of life to a garden.

Vinod Jethwa and his family, of Elthorne Way, in Newport Pagnell, tidied the garden of neighbours Shripad and Vandama Bhadti and called on other friends to help.

Mr Bhadti suffered a heart attack earlier this year and found it difficult to maintain his garden.

He had a triple heart bypass at the John Radcliffe Hospital and Mrs Bhadti has been travelling to the hospital every day to see him.

This has meant the Bhadti’s have not had time to maintain their garden, so Mr Jethwa, who works for Marks and Spencer, decided to help.

He said: “It was a beautiful day. Luckily, the rain has now come to feed everything.

“My daughter and her boyfriend came to help and Mrs Bhadti as well. We did a lot of work in the garden.”

Work included putting in new plants, cutting the grass, digging up the weeds and cutting back overgrown shrubs.

“We dug the ground up and and put new plants in. It looks lovely now,” he said. “Mrs Bhadti was really grateful for everybody’s work.”

He added he hoped to inspire other people to help out their neighbours in need.

“I want to inspire people,” he said. “We have a good community in Milton Keynes and I hope people will see a story like this and it will inspire them to help others.”

Mrs Bhadti said: “Everyone has been so good. My husband had a heart attack and couldn’t do anything. I have friends but most of them live far away. The garden looks beautiful.”