Developer pledges support for Stroke Association with garden makeovers

Taunton based developer Summerfield has pledged to support the East Somerset branch of the Stroke Association by improving the gardens of stroke survivors.

Sandra Pittwood of Chard became the first person to receive a helping hand from the developer after she was put forward by the Stroke Association as someone who could not easily access her garden in its existing state after having two strokes.

Summerfield broadened the pathways through Sandra’s garden, and opened up crowded and overgrown areas of her outdoor space allowing her better access to all areas.

Sandra had been considering moving from her home, where she has lived for over 30 years, because of her frustration at not being able to use the garden. Summerfield’s work in the space means she can now remain at the property and safely enjoy her plants and flowers.

Summerfield chose the Stroke Association as its nominated charity of 2016/17 after one of the developer’s staff members had a stroke and was helped back on the road to recovery by the charity. Instead of giving a lump sum to the Stroke Association, Summerfield offered to use its building expertise and contacts to benefit stroke survivors by improving their garden space.

Summerfield expects to carry out a series of garden makeover projects over the next 12 months.

Sandra Pittwood, stroke survivor, commented: “I am extremely grateful to Summerfield Developments for the work which has been carried out on my front garden. The garden makeover allows me to access the garden. Prior to this work my garden was inaccessible and I questioned whether I could remain living in my home but now the garden is wonderful and a delight to look out on and have access to.”

Lorna Wheeler, Information, Advice and Support Coordinator at the Stroke Association (East Somerset), commented: “While donations and sponsorship are always welcome, it is great to have the kind of ‘hands on’ support that Summerfield has offered with garden makeovers. Life after a stroke can be very different with some people having reduced mobility. Gardens provide an important means of accessing the outdoors, and it is wonderful to see access to outside space restored to Sandra.”

Richard Nicol, Divisional Director at Summerfield, added: “We are hugely proud to be supporting the important work of the Stroke Association. The wonderful thing about improving gardens is being able to help stroke survivors directly and make a positive difference and we would like to do more.”