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Great job teams. Inset – part of the team pouring concrete on Sunday Guy Regan, Damien Hollman, Saul Hyland, Dale Hyland, Glen McCosker and Wes Roberts. Photo contributed

The Bourke community continues to show its big heart with a group of volunteers preparing for the return of Mason Hardy, who has spent the past 19 months in hospital in Sydney.

Eleven-year-old Mason will be home in time for Christmas after a long and difficult treatment process in Sydney.

Mason has had the fight of his life after he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia and has been in Westmead Hospital undergoing gruelling treatments, which have left him at times wheelchair bound and with reduced mobility.

Now, friends and family have rallied to prepare for his return by making modifications to the home he shares with his mum Nicole.

Tania McCosker has been one of the driving forces behind the troops who have raised money to help support Mason’s family, pay for accommodation during his treatment, and help finance some of the work at the house.

“We have had a great community effort with local tradies and some of the family coming together to put the ramp access to the house in time for Mason and Nicole’s return,” Tania said.

“We got the front ramp access and formwork done on Saturday and the ramp, carport and paths all concreted on Sunday.

“Now there is a nice safe driveway and access for Mason, for when he gets home.

“I’d like to give a big thank you to the community for all the help and support they’ve given and to the Bourke Bowling Club for organising the raffle to raise money for materials.

“Everyone has been donating their time and skills but the materials are quite expensive, so we really appreciate the amazing support of the Bourke Bowling Club, in helping to cover these costs.

“There are so many people to thank. We had Dale Hyland, Seb and Colin Kiley, Kerry Tiffen, Patrick Stephens, Chris Milgate, Kevin Hatch, and Joseph Gardiner there forming everything up on Saturday.

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