Personal Stories

Perennial helps over 1,600 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.

Helping Andy and his family find a way forward

Landscape gardener Andy Perry lost his leg after being bitten by a spider and developing sepsis. When he was at his lowest, […]

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Jack has come full circle at York Gate

Jack Ogg is Senior Gardener at York Gate, Perennial’s garden near Leeds in Yorkshire. He was the garden's first trainee horticulturist and […]

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Marek's & Ann Marie's story: watch our short film

Marek worked as a tree surgeon and conservation manager at a golf course before his accident. He had a young family, with a […]

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Martin's Story - watch our short film

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

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Helping Sarah cope with cancer challenges

Sarah (aged 63) has been a self-employed garden designer for the past 12 years. After bringing up her child as a lone […]

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A trusted friend for Catherine

Catherine* is 62 and has worked in horticulture for most of her life. She is currently unable to work due to severe anxiety […]

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Helping Graham* and his family as he recovered from major surgery

Graham*, a self-employed garden contractor, was diagnosed with a rare eye condition that left him unable to work. He had undergone surgery […]

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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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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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