Army veteran rekindles love of books after stroke - The Solihull Observer

Army veteran rekindles love of books after stroke

Solihull Editorial 8th Oct, 2022   0

A SOLIHULL army veteran says his local library has allowed him to renew his love of literature, following a stroke.

Brian Bucknall was an avid reader before a serious stroke in 2019 left him struggling to physically hold a book and turn its pages.

But now the Royal Star and Garter resident, who served in the Army for 36 years, has joined The Core Library in Solihull, giving him access to hundreds of audio books.

He said: “Reading was my favourite pastime. I used to love getting stuck into a good book, but my stroke really affected by ability to do this.

“Since joining the library I’ve started listening to audio books and I can’t tell you how happy I am to have books back in my life.”

Staff at the Solihull Home, which cares for veterans and their partners with disability or dementia, take Brian to the Homer Road library.

He also makes use of its music collection and rents out CDs which he listens to in his room at Royal Star and Garter.

Brian agreed. He said: “I missed books desperately, but joining the library has given me a new lease of life.”

Brian was left unable to speak following his stroke and says he began to make a recovery after moving to the Royal Star and Garter, four months later.


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