Stephen is a landscape gardener and has spent much of his career building domestic gardens for people in and around Leeds. He and his partner Vicki, who herself has a long-term health condition, have four children.
After working for a landscaping firm for many years Stephen decided to start his own business and for a time things were going well. Stephen is diabetic and around 18 months ago he started to lose his sight. After eye surgery, Stephen had to face the fact that he must give up horticulture and this led to him being diagnosed with clinical depression.
Stephen and Vicki learned about Perennial on a visit to their local Citizens’ Advice Bureau and the charity has given the family financial and emotional support and advice during what has undoubtedly been a difficult time for the whole family.
“Perennial were a lifeline for me. If it wasn’t for Perennial our relationship would have broken down. Without their help we wouldn’t be where we are today. It’s really reassuring to know that Perennial will always be there; that’s a great help for me, both physically and mentally.”
Stephen & Vicki’s Story
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