Personal Stories

Perennial helps people 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.

Crisis support for nurseryman Colin when coronavirus hit

The coronavirus has devastated the livelihoods of many in horticulture. For Colin, who runs an award-winning fuchsia nursery in North Wales, 2020 […]

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Helping widower Paul take control of unexpected debt

Gardener and grandfather, Paul, was on the brink of despair following a family bereavement which left him struggling financially. He turned to […]

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Stroke survivor Lesley hopeful for the future

Lesley* knows how it feels to hit rock bottom. When health problems forced the gardener and charity-worker to give up the job […]

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Life-changing support for Head Gardener Martin and his family

Head gardener and father of two, Martin, and his wife have always worked hard to provide for their two small children. But […]

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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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Perennial helps Dunkirk veteran stay independent

Raymond Whitwell was part of the rear guard at Dunkirk 80 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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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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