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New home helps road to recovery

Thanks to Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association, David Tilley is getting back on his feet following a stroke.

The 78-year-old was struggling to cope in the flat in Braunston he had rented privately for the past 10 years when NRHA came to his rescue.

David says: “My landlord said I was his longest serving tenant, and everything was fine until I had a stroke last October.

“My mobility was seriously affected and suddenly I was desperately struggling to get up the stairs to my first floor flat above a shop.

“I was really pleased when I was offered a bungalow less than half a mile away.”

David, who used to work as a professional musician, teaching and performing, soon settled in to the two-bedroom property.  And not only is it ideal for David himself, it is also more convenient for family visits from his son and daughter and three grandchildren.

“My son, Russell, and daughter, Amelia, don’t live too far away and my daughter is in a wheelchair so it’s much easier for her to visit me now,” says David.  “In fact, I think she’s already been inside my bungalow more times than my previous flat!

“The bungalow is great.  I’ve a little garden and I’ve even tried to mow the lawn – it’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it!”

David says he is continuing to make good progress following his stroke, with the help of physiotherapy and other support.

He says: “I’m very determined to continue to work on my recovery and my new bungalow is the perfect place to be.”