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When a 5-year-old girl wished for her very own cubby house to escape between hospital treatments, little did she know Australia’s favourite carpenter Adam Dovile would make her wish come true.


Every kid dreams of a cubby house – a space where they can let their imagination run wild and escape from reality. And 5-year-old Clare from Spring Farm, Sydney, is no exception. Born with a chronic kidney and bladder illness, Clare is regularly in and out of Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick. She wanted nothing more than her own space to relax between treatments and simply be a kid.

Clare’s parents approached Australia’s Starlight Foundation who came together with Better Homes & Gardens resident builder Adam Dovile and Australia’s leading woodcare brand, Cabot’s, to make her wish come true.


“Granting Clare’s wish is such a humbling experience – especially after hearing about her story and what she has to go through on a daily basis. She’s a really tough kid and it’s an absolute honour to build her dream cubby, somewhere of her own to enjoy,” says Dovile.


As a qualified carpenter, Dovile was the perfect man for the job. In addition to his creative talents, Dovile was armed Cabot’s decking products and accessories.  


The cubby house design was inspired by Clare’s love of the outdoors, especially gardening and picking flowers. A sturdy Colorbond® roof was included to protect Clare from direct sunlight, to which her medication makes her sensitive, and a craft table was included for Clare to explore her own talents in arts and crafts.


For a beautiful finish, the cubby was painted with Cabot’s Timber Colour in “Oxford” and “Lexicon”. Little window boxes and plants were added. And as the final touch, the flooring and furniture were finished using Cabot’s Deck and Exterior Stain “European Beech”.


The gorgeous cubby house was revealed to a very surprised Clare on Tuesday 1 December just in time for Christmas.


“Sometimes it takes a little while to coordinate the wishes, and it can be a long time for any child to wait, let alone when they’re seriously ill,” said [spokesperson], Starlight Foundation. “We’re so thankful that Adam and Cabot’s were able to plan and build the cubby so quickly. Now Clare can enjoy her wish before Christmas.”

The project is the first in Cabot’s “Dream Decks for a Cause”, which brings together charity and creativity for worthy recipients.

Watch Claire's Story below.