A NEW purpose-built garden to help people recovering from a stroke has been unveiled at Bromsgrove’s Life After Stroke Centre.
The plot has been developed by stroke survivors and staff as part of a four-moth project to transform the centre’s grounds and has been constructed with the help of local people and community groups.
A £1,000 donation was provided by Bromsgrove Older People’s Forum for the scheme and the garden’s centrepiece is a summer house for stroke survivors, their families and carers.
Stuart Cater 56, from Redditch, had a stroke in December 2012 and has been helping to design the garden.
He said: “The garden is a fantastic addition to the centre.
“It makes a real difference to have somewhere where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
“It gives you peace of mind and helps to reduce stress levels, which is an important part of the recovery process after stroke.”
Over 40 members of staff from Lloyds Bank National Corporate Team gave up their time to develop the garden’s courtyard.
Soil, plants, shrubs and gardening equipment were brought with support from Bromsgrove District Housing Trust and local businesses, including Broad Street DIY, Jade Sheds and Lake Contractors.
Representatives from the businesses involved joined stroke survivors and team members from the Stroke Association at the official unveiling.
Ian Kendall, the Life After Stroke Centre’s facilities manager, said: “This is a shining example of what can be achieved when the local community comes together for those affected by stroke.
“By creating an environment where people can relax, the garden is an important part of our services to help stroke survivors on their journey towards recovery.
“We’re incredibly grateful to the people of Bromsgrove for their help in making this garden a reality.”
The Life After Stroke Centre, which was backed and supported by The Standard, has been a lifeline for the stroke community in Worcestershire since it opened in 2012.
It offers a range of services for stroke survivors and their family and friends, including Tai Chi, singing and yoga classes, speech and language therapy groups and rehabilitation sessions to help people affected by stroke maintain their mobility.