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A STROKE victim and his wife say they have been given a new lease of life after volunteers gave their garden a makeover.

Robert Payne, from Chelmsley Wood, was a successful computer shop owner until his life was devastated by serious stroke in October 2010 which left him paralysed down his left side.

Robert Payne, from Chelmsley Wood, was a successful computer shop owner until his life was devastated by serious stroke in October 2010 which left him paralysed down his left side.

The following week, the 60-year-old was rushed back to hospital with Fournier gangrene, which doctors had to remove.

“He’s gone through hell and back,” said his wife Pat, aged 54.

“It was a really difficult time. I just about cracked up. I had to leave my job to look after him.”

Formerly a keen gardener, Mr Payne has not been able to get out and enjoy his garden as much.

Even accessing the house via the font garden had become a major challenge.

So when local cleaning company ISS Facility Services offered to help, the couple jumped at the chance.

“What they’ve done for us, I couldn’t possibly thank them enough,” she added.

“I never thought people could be that good. They deserve a medal, they really do.”

The team had only been due to repair the Payne’s front garden but surprised the couple last week by repairing slabs, fencing and putting in new plants in the back garden too.

 

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