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'Heartless' firm offer to build garden for terminally-ill child…then bombard family with legal threats when they …

A STUNNED Scots granddad claims a “heartless” company exploited his terminally-ill grandson in a bid to get good publicity. Furious Kevan Adams says the company offered to help build his dying grandson a garden – then sent legal threats when they did not get the “promised publicity”. Little Jordan Reid was diagnosed with a tumour last year

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Little Jordan Reid was diagnosed with a tumour last year

Kevan, from Perth, was devastated when three-year-old Jordan Reid was diagnosed with a tumour in June last year after suffering a swollen neck and sickness. After undergoing chemotherapy for six months, and six weeks of radiotherapy, the family were told that Jordan’s cancer is terminal and there is nothing more doctors can do. The 54-year-old decided to create a garden so that Jordan could have somewhere to play and Davally Garden Services in Sheffield said they would help by providing the labour for free – but with “strings attached”.

However, the granddad says he received a letter on September 8 from them saying they were “concerned that the promised publicity has not been forthcoming” after articles about Jordan’s illness were published. Jordan with sister and granddad Kevan Mercury Press

Jordan with sister and granddad Kevan

The letter goes on to demand they be “informed” so they can “authorise” any further article that mentions their company – making bizarre references to their “copyright”.

A week later Kevan says he received another letter from the firm about a “hurtful and factually untrue” online review that they believed had been written by somebody close to the family. In the letter it says that if any further “defamatory” comments are made against them they may have to “respond formally.” Managing director of the garden company Dave Caborn denied claims they exploited Jordan and says it was Kevan who offered them the publicity rather than them demanding it.

The company boss went on to say his firm “would most likely have taken this job on without the promise”. One of the letters sent to Kevan Mercury Press

One of the letters sent to Kevan

Scot Kevan, now living in Sheffield, said: “It feels like the company were using our poorly boy to get their name out there.

It has been a difficult time for us. “It isn’t something that any family thinks they are going to face. We were overwhelmed by the support of the community and what we thought was support from this company.

“However, to have them turn around and throw legal threats and nasty letters our way is the opposite of what we need. It feels heartless. I try to do my best to give Jordan everything I can.

“I wanted somewhere for Jordan to enjoy himself and to just be a child. It is bad enough that he is going through this terrible illness never mind some company trying to gain a name and reputation out of it.” Kevan claims that the business asked him to provide the material needed for the garden in return for the company’s labour, which he agreed to.

Little Jordan Mercury Press

Little Jordan

He says that he provided all of the artificial glass, the sleepers as well as sand for the garden and that he met all of their requests. But Kevan has since decided against working with Davally on the garden project after being unhappy with their demands.

Kevan said: “Why do some people think they have the right to not allow a young three-year-old boy, with a life-limiting illness, access to his garden because of publicity and their name in lights? “Some time ago back in January of this year they offered their services to finish Jordan’s garden off but there were some strings attached. “As Jordan’s grandparents we fulfilled all of the conditions asked of us by raising the materials required.

We also managed to get the local press and magazines on board with recognition to the said company. “Now this company have changed the goalposts to better serve themselves by saying and dictating the way that they are mentioned in articles about awareness to ATRT cancer. Jordan's family

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Jordan’s family

“After the threats of legal action and their rather ambiguous letters, Debra [Kevan’s wife] and I made the decision to not work with this company as they were only after one thing. The first letter read: “We are concerned that the promised publicity has not been forthcoming, what happened to the Sheffield Star, the BBC, local radio stations etc. “We have had no contact and it was part of our agreement with you.

We are aware that we got a mention in the ‘Sixer’, however we already advertise in this magazine monthly so the mention was of little value. “[Name removed] is concerned that this article appeared without due notice, he expects to be informed and to authorise any article where daVally is named; no copyright was agreed. “If there are any future articles naming daVally you will need to share a proof with us and secure authorisation from Dave before the article is printed.

“We are still happy to do the agreed work however you need to source the required materials and arrange the agreed publicity; when they are all in place you need to contact us to arrange a date.”


The a week later Kevan received a second letter from Davally about a review that was left on their website. The second letter read: “As we have always stated we have always been committed to provide labour free of charge for you. “As a small business we have tried to assist your family (even though the project is not going to be carried out at the child’s main residence.

Despite this we were sympathetic to your plight as a grandparent). “Despite our offer we were therefore concerned to read the review made on social media earlier this week which we believe to have been made by someone close to your family in relation to this matter. “The comments were hurtful and factually untrue.

We acknowledge that this post has since been deleted from the site, however should any further defamatory comments be made against us we may have to respond formally.” Kevan said: “I met all the verbally agreed obligations and now they want their cake and to eat it too. They have written a nasty letter with so many inaccuracies about Jordan.”

Mercury Press Managing director Dave Caborn of Davally Garden Services said: “Mr Adams approached us at our place of business, rather than the other way round.

We were told that he had been talking to the BBC and local newspapers about the unfortunate situation affecting his grandson. “It was Mr Adams who promised to obtain publicity for our business if we agreed to help, rather than us insisting on publicity before agreeing to do the work. “We would most likely have taken this job on without the promise of publicity – one of our directors has had experience of cancer and regularly supports various charities in their works.

“We were under the impression that the garden would be where Mr Adams’ grandson resides; instead, it turned out to be Mr Adams’ personal garden (to which Jordan has access sometimes). “Whilst we agreed to carry out a certain amount of work for free, it was made clear that we would not be able to fit it in immediately because we had a long waiting list. “We suggested that Mr Adams might like to approach other organisations instead, who might have needed the publicity more than us.

“However, Mr Adams said that he was prepared to wait and was more than happy for us to fit the work in around other jobs when we had time. “Using our name and connections with a supplier, Mr Adams had tried to force the supplier of materials to donate materials for his garden either free of charge or at a reduced rate.

“We had only ever agreed to provide labour and this went well beyond our agreement. “The letter tried to defend ourselves from further action, whilst at the same time pointing out that Mr Adams had not done the things he had originally promised to do. “At no time have we sought to take advantage of this child.

We were deeply upset when we heard of his plight and our only intention has been to help this family who now seek to cause us reputational harm.”


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Celebrating a beloved author

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6 will be ‘Brian Doyle Day’ in Lake Oswego, with a daylong celebration at the library

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego Public Library Director Bill Baars sits in front of the newly created Brian Doyle Garden, which will officially be unveiled during a ceremony at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov.
p6.When prolific Lake Oswego author Brian Doyle passed away earlier this year, Lake Oswego Public Library Director Bill Baars described him as a “community treasure.” This week, Baars doubled down on that statement ahead of the city’s celebration of Doyle’s life and legacy. Next Monday is officially “Brian Doyle Day” in Lake Oswego, by proclamation of Mayor Kent Studebaker.

“He was a great spirit in this community,” Baars says of Doyle. “Very much loved and honored, and so much of what Brian wrote about was his life and his community. For a writer of that stature to choose Lake Oswego as his community is pretty amazing.” DOYLEThe public is invited to join library staff on Doyle’s birthday, Nov.

6, in a celebration of his remarkable career as an author and essayist whose works captivated audiences across the country. Throughout the day, fans of Doyle’s work are welcome to add notes to a memory tree, enjoy book displays and view portions of his Lake Oswego Reads presentation, “The Wild and Lovely Threads of Story that Compose and Create a Community.” The day will culminate at 7 p.m. with an unveiling and dedication of the Brian Doyle Garden, with music performed by Kathryn Claire on the Irish fiddle.

“To find a place to honor him in the library was special to us, but the response from the community has been just terrific,” Baars says. “I think it’s very appropriate we have a space to honor this amazing author in our library.” Doyle, a nine-time Oregon Book Award nominee, won in 2016 for his young adult novel “Martin Marten.” His essays and poems have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion, Commonwealth and the Times of London, as well as the annual Best American Essays, Best American Science and Nature Writing and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies, among others. Doyle’s novel “Mink River” was the selected title for Lake Oswego Reads in 2012 and was a wildly popular choice, according to Baars, bringing with it a sense of community that the program seeks to foster amongst its readers.

“In terms of the library, he was a great fan.

He spent a lot of time here and wrote really wonderful tributes to the library and to Booktique, the library’s nonprofit book store,” Baars says. “He just was always bringing joy, love, laughter and light to the library and the community.” For his part, Doyle loved engaging deeply with Lake Oswegans. In October 2016, he spoke to a gathering at the library about his latest book and later told Library Program Coordinator Cyndie Glazer in an email how much he enjoyed the experience.

“I loooove speaking in our library — it’s moving to me to try to contribute some salt and song to that air I have admired so long,” he wrote. “I always worry a little that I’ll bore people or horrify them. I so want to connect, to move folks, to at least make them laugh; then, I find, you can talk about deeper game.” Contact Lake Oswego Review reporter Sam Stites at 503-636-1281 ext.

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WHAT: Brian Doyle Day WHEN: All day on Monday, Nov.

6,; unveiling ceremony of the Brian Doyle Memorial Garden at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St.

COST: Free and open to the public


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Parks Commission to Review Updated Phase II Bernal Park Plan

An updated Bernal Property Phase II plan will be presented at the next meeting of the Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission on November 9th at 7:00 PM in the Pleasanton City Council Chamber. In 2008, Pleasanton voters approved the Bernal Property Phase II Specific Plan that included developing a community farm. The community farm would serve local and regional organizations to enhance youth and educational activities in areas of farming and agriculture.

In March, the city council approved funds to develop a Master Plan for the land set aside for community farming and agriculture. Two parcels of land, one on each side of I-680, were identified.

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