Personal Stories

Perennial helps over 1,200 people each year battling illness, financial hardship, bereavement, disability and many more of life’s challenges. Here we share some of their incredible stories and explain how Perennial was able to help them get back on their feet.

Anthony's Story - watch our short film

Anthony is one of hundreds of self-employed horticulturists Perennial helps each year. His journey, from chaos and uncertainty to sanctuary and safety […]

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Martin's Story - watch our short film

When Martin was struck down with Guillaine-Barre syndrome, a rare auto-immune disease he was signed off work for three years. Barely able […]

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Adding Colour To Vincent's* Retirement

Vincent* spent almost his entire working life as a gardener on private estates. When a stroke dramatically changed his retirement plans,  Perennial […]

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Keeping Richard safe in retirement

“I was a teacher originally but I gave it up to follow my love of gardening and pursue that as a career. […]

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We cared for Angela and Derek when she damaged her back

Perennial Cared For Angela*

The couple have a disabled teenage child they both care for and they soon struggled to pay their rent from their reduced […]

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Sean's life-changing accident won't define him

In March 2015 self-employed tree surgeon Sean Harding had a life-changing accident at work that left him paralysed and unable to walk. […]

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Peter Finds Perennial Invaluable

He describes the help he and his family have received as ‘invaluable’ and believes the industry can do more to raise awareness […]

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Perennial helps Dunkirk veteran stay independent

Raymond Whitwell was part of the rear guard at Dunkirk 75 years ago. Left on the beach when no boat came back […]

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When Maurice passed away, wife Beryl was supported by Perennial.

A Lifeline for Beryl After Bereavement

When Beryl’s husband, Maurice, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she desperately needed somewhere to turn for support and advice. A landscape gardener, Maurice […]

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Barry West, outside his art studio

Barry Makes Every Second Count

In hospital for almost a year, he's paralysed from the shoulders down. Perennial has been there to help him on what's been […]

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John Foley, with the BBC Young Gardener of the Year trophy

John Was Driven to Succeed

"Perennial helped my family when my Dad became ill and all the family went through a difficult time. Dad not being able […]

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Kate Powell

A Life-Belt in the Flood for Kate

Kate attended horticultural college in the 1980s and worked in nursery stock production in various wholesale nurseries throughout the South of England. She […]

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Looking hopeful

Helping Belinda* Through The Toughest Times

She was left with two teenage children to support and the shock of widowhood had caused her to become unwell herself, unable […]

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Tobi Daniels and his computer

Tobi Stays On Course For Success

Tobi Daniels has worked in horticulture since leaving school at the age of 16. Now, at 27, he is married with young […]

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Perennial has supported people through tough times

We're There Long-Term for Andrew*

He had worked for his local authority Parks and Landscapes department for over 26 years but had to leave his job in […]

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Retired Man sitting down

The Future's Bright for John*

But when he became ill and too frail to work, John’s dream retirement turned into a nightmare as the exchange rate reduced […]

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Man with Tiller

Helping Don* Get His Life Back on Track

Living alone and sinking into depression, he ignored the bills and his debts spiralled to such an extent that he was forced […]

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Gardener in a nursery

Bursary Helped Save Sam’s* Business

His mother continued to run the nursery and care for her husband while Sam helped in the nursery as much as he […]

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Gardener standing in front of greenhouse

Andy* Retrained After Illness

He lives with his partner who works part time and they have children of school age.  Andy had been given information about […]

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