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11 July 2017

Normandy Therapy Garden receives grant from Charles Russell Speechlys Community Fund

The Therapy Garden in Normandy, Guildford has been awarded a £500 grant from the Charles Russell Speechlys Community Fund – a fund established by Charles Russell Speechlys with the Community Foundation for Surrey to support local projects which focus on employment, training and skills initiatives.

The funding will contribute to The Therapy Garden’s 'Stroke of Genius' project which will offer social and therapeutic horticultural courses this summer to Surrey-based stroke survivors and their carers. This initiative follows a successful trial which demonstrated that a course teaching transferrable gardening skills to stroke survivors can also prevent social isolation during recovery and encourage gentle exercise and physical activity.

Sally Ashford, partner at Charles Russell Speechlys in Guildford said: “We are pleased to support The Therapy Garden and this valuable project. Our panel was impressed with how the charity uses gardening to generate positive change, and this project will provide much needed support not only for stroke survivors but also their families.”

Kate Peters, the Community Foundation for Surrey’s Grants Programme Manager said: “We are delighted to be working with Charles Russell Speechlys to support local groups which make such a difference to the quality of local life.  The Normandy Community Therapy Garden is an inspiring local initiative run by local people for local people and continues to provide much needed support.”

Rachel Allen, fundraiser at The Therapy Garden commented, "We are so grateful to have received a grant from the Charles Russell Speechlys Community Fund. This funding helps to ensure we can welcome back stroke survivors to the garden to benefit and enjoy social and therapeutic horticulture."

Charles Russell SpeechlysCommunity Fund grants are awarded by a panel of volunteers from Charles Russell Speechlys in Guildford.  If you are a Surrey-based charity which enables people to widen their horizons and aspirations please contact Kate Peters from the Community Foundation for Surrey about funding opportunities. Kate is contactable on 01483 478092 /

For more information, please contact Matthew Powell, PR Executive on +44 (0)20 7438 2248.