Pensioner’s joy at garden transformation

Frank Brereton, a disabled pensioner from St Helens, whose garden is being transformed thanks to a grant from financial mutual OneFamily
Frank Brereton, a disabled pensioner from St Helens, whose garden is being transformed thanks to a grant from financial mutual OneFamily

A disabled St Helens man has had his garden completely transformed thanks to a grant from financial mutual OneFamily.

Frank Brereton, aged 74, lost his right leg 42 years ago when he was involved in a serious car accident. Recent complications with his left leg have meant his mobility is now more restricted, and he had to move into a specially adapted house better suited to his needs.

While the new house meant that Frank could move around freely inside, the garden was completely inaccessible and uneven paving and poor design left Frank unable to enjoy time in his garden.

His partner’s two sons, knowing how much he loved the outdoors, rallied together to try and make the garden more accessible, but the work proved more challenging than first thought. So, Frank’s partner, Irene, applied to OneFamily for a £500 personal grant to help revamp the area.

The grant has enabled Frank’s family to purchase new paving and lawn, and to install ramps so he can enter the garden on both his crutches and mobility scooter.

Irene said: “The grant from OneFamily has completely changed Frank’s life.

The new paving and lawn means that he can safely use the garden again, and get back to enjoying being outside in the backyard.

“The project should be fully completed by March and Frank’s already looking forward to spending summer outside in our new garden. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a rain-free summer!”

Karl Elliott, marketing director at OneFamily, said: “It’s fantastic to see that the grant has given Frank his independence back and is already allowing him to enjoy a better quality of life.

“Through our Foundation, OneFamily provides personal grants to support customers and those they care about when they need it most. In 2016, we awarded more than £300,000 to people across the country.”

Over a period of five years, OneFamily aspires to make £5 million available through its Foundation, helping to improve the lives of its customers, their families and communities.