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Carol McIvor

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Carol, an over 50s life cover customer, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and has since undergone surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Tragically, during her treatment, her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and died.

To help her socialise and manage her depression, Carol tends to an allotment, however she was finding this difficult due to having to transport her tools and plants between her twentieth floor flat and the allotment. With the help of a Personal Grant, Carol has been able to purchase a hut to store her tools, allowing her to spend more of her time in the place she loves, enjoying the therapeutic benefits of being in the fresh air.

"It was my daughter who told me about the Foundation. I applied but I never dreamed I would be successful. Things like this never happen to me, it’s amazing!"

Carol said: “I went through a really hard time when I got diagnosed with cancer. During the time I got my diagnosis, my marriage was ending and then my mother got ill, it all seemed to happen at once. I’ve always loved plants and missed my old garden terribly once I moved into my flat. Having the allotment really makes me feel better. The new hut saves me from having to transport my tools and plants to and from my flat, which is in the city centre and 20 floors up!”

Carol continued: “It was my daughter who told me about the Foundation. I applied but I never dreamed I would be successful. Things like this never happen to me, it’s amazing! I’m so grateful to the Engage team and couldn’t be happier with the whole process. I’ve been in regular contact with the team since I was chosen to be awarded with the grant and the support I’ve received is incredible.”