Vincent* spent almost his entire working life as a gardener on private estates. When a stroke dramatically changed his retirement plans, Perennial has been there to help him look forward to a brighter future.
His 37-year career in horticulture came to an abrupt end in 2012. The stroke left him with limited mobility and affected his sight, hearing and memory. Vincent had planned for a future without the tied accommodation his employment had provided him; however, he’d not had the time to complete the restoration work on the house he had bought to spend his retirement in.
The state of the doors and windows in particular left his new home very difficult to heat. Perennial helped with the costs of their replacement, and helped Vincent claim the statutory benefits to which he was entitled.
Sadly, his health continued to deteriorate. By 2015 he was confined to a wheelchair and could no longer access his own garden. For someone whose life had been devoted to horticulture, it was a shattering blow.
Perennial stood by him again. Our support has enabled works to be carried out to make the garden not just easily accessible, but also to allow Vincent to work on the garden while in his wheelchair. It’s made a massive difference. Being able to pursue his passion has greatly improved his quality of life, and his mental wellbeing.
Vincent is looking forward to a happier retirement now.
“I did not think I would ever be able to enjoy gardening again but Perennial has made it possible for me. I can now relive memories from my past and my life has colour in it again.”
Note: we’ve changed Vincent’s name to protect his identity. Photo posed by a model.