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Grandmother house-bound for five years transforms courtyard for charity

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24.09.2021

A grandmother from Norwich who has barely left her house during the past five years has created “a new world” from her small courtyard garden to help inspire others.

Due to serious illness, followed by vulnerability and poor mental health, city centre resident Lindsay Maher decided to dig deep, despite suffering from some of her darkest days.

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Five years ago, the now 61-year-old kept experiencing discomfort in the right-hand side of her body which would cause her to pass out from the pain.

She was initially told by doctors that she was suffering from a kidney infection, but after 17 hospital appointments, she was eventually diagnosed with having a kidney “blow out” - a type of rupture which causes damage from a tear in the organ.

Lindsay Maher in her colourful lockdown terrace house garden, which she has opened up to raise funds for the charity, St Martins. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Despite having stents fitted to help, Ms Maher had to have the kidney removed in early 2019.

Soon after this she became housebound due to having low immunity. This meant her three daughters and numerous grandchildren were unable to visit her due to concerns over infection.

Then in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic hit, and Mr Maher was forced to continue to self-isolate.

Lindsay Maher in her colourful lockdown terrace house garden, which she has opened up to raise funds for the charity, St Martins. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

She said: “By this point I was very depressed and I had been prescribed anti-depressants.

“I wanted my girls to know I was okay though, even though I was ill, so I decided........

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