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Call the Midwife star launches charity garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

Press release   •   Jun 17, 2019 10:39 BST

Actress and star of Call the Midwife, Victoria Yeates, was on hand to launch the Stroke Association’s Legacy Garden on Friday 14 June at the National Exhibition Centre.

Victoria, whose mother had a stroke, visited BBC Gardeners’ World Live to unveil the garden, which has been built to celebrate the special commitment made by supporters of the Stroke Association who have left legacies in their will.

Victoria, who is a big supporter of the charity and attended the event with her mother, said:

“I’m delighted to be launching and backing the Stroke Association’s wonderful Legacy Garden. My mum had a major stroke and nothing can prepare you for the shock of the experience. It means so much to us both to be here.”

“My Mum is from Birmingham and the city holds a very special place in our hearts. The Stroke Association is a charity that we both hold dear and they desperately need your support to be there for stroke survivors like my Mum. If you can, please take a moment to consider leaving them a legacy gift.”

The Legacy Garden has been designed to symbolise the emotions and experiences stroke survivors face on their road to recovery. The garden features a varied, winding path that is designed to reflect the different journeys stroke survivors take on their road to recovery.

Phil Pooley, Regional Legacy Development Officer at the Stroke Association, who is also one of the designers of the garden, said: “We are delighted Victoria has been able to attend and see first-hand our beautiful Legacy Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. We have created a garden that transforms as you walk through it to reflect the changes stroke survivors go through on their recovery.

“This garden really is a dream come true for me. As a stroke survivor and someone who has worked in horticulture for 20 years, I have seen the huge benefits gardening can have both physically and mentally on stroke as they look to rebuild their lives after stroke.”

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  • When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you. That’s because a stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do. It happens every five minutes in the UK and changes lives instantly. Recovery is tough, but with the right specialist support and a ton of courage and determination, the brain can adapt. Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the courage and determination of the stroke community and the generosity of our amazing supporters. We’re rebuilding lives after stroke. 
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