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Allotments ruined by vandals

Alder Hey Road allotments site with Stroke Association coordinators Marie Powner left and Jean Hobbs and stroke survivor John Moran

Alder Hey Road allotments site with Stroke Association coordinators Marie Powner left and Jean Hobbs and stroke survivor John Moran

Moronic vandals have wrecked havoc on parts of an allotment in St Helens 
designed to help aid the recovery of stroke victims.

The Alder Hey Road site, set up by the Stroke Association, has been regularly targeted by louts who single out the area for nightly raids.

Several times over the past few weeks, plot-holders have arrived in the morning to discover a trail of destruction.

On one occasion, vandals broke into the allotment’s polytunnel, ripping out the plants supporting canes and slashing the canvas walls.

Charity bosses are now appealing for volunteers and local tradesman to come forward to help repair the damage.

Jean Hobbs, communication support coordinator from the Stroke Association, said: “The sessions at the allotment help stroke survivors gain satisfaction by growing fruit and vegetables.

“It also helps them to interact with others to improve confidence and reduce social isolation.

“As something which benefits the local community and helps aid stroke recovery, it’s hugely upsetting to see the allotment being frequently damaged.

“We’re appealing for the vandals to stop, and any support to help us repair the damage would be gratefully received.”

Plot-holder Marilyn Richmond, 72, visited the allotment with her husband and carer, Arthur, 76 last year. Marilyn had a stroke in 2012 and was left with communication difficulties and no movement in her right side.

Arthur said: “Marilyn really enjoys using the allotment, which provides companionship and has helped her to improve her communication. The allotment has been made accessible for stroke survivors and without it Marilyn couldn’t take part in the gardening that she enjoys so much.

“We were very much looking forward to visiting again this summer so it’s a real shame that the vandals are damaging the allotment.”

Anyone who is able to provide support can contact the Stroke Association Communication Support Service in St Helens on 01744 646 163.

 

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