Kim Wilde fronts TV appeal in aid of Thrive

80s pop star Kim Wilde will be hosting April?s BBC Lifeline Appeal on behalf of the charity Thrive.

Thrive uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people who are living with disabilities or ill health, or those who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.

Wilde credits gardening for helping her find balance in her life and regain confidence, after the roller-coaster of a career in the music industry had started to take its toll on her mental health.

Wilde now wants more people to realise the powerful benefits gardening can have, she said:

?I really believe in the benefits of being outdoors in a living, breathing garden. That?s why I think the work of Thrive is so important.

?When I was 30 I was enjoying a successful music career, with platinum records and a European tour with Michael Jackson under my belt.

?I decided the time was right to lay down some roots and I moved into a 16th century barn that I renovated and treasured.

?To the outside world all seemed wonderful, but I was always plagued with anxiety and it badly affected my mental health.

?One in four of us will experience issues with our mental health. Gardening really can help. It has been great therapy for me and can help people get back on top of things and restore balance when it feels like life is veering out of control.?

Improving good health and wellbeing is at the heart of the work of Thrive, a national charity with gardens in Reading, London, Birmingham and Gateshead, and the breadth of their work is incredible.

Thrive?s BBC Lifeline Appeal also features the stories of Mel Porter and Trevor Burke and will air on Sunday April 19 at 2pm on BBC 1. It will be repeated on Wednesday April 22 at 11.50am on BBC 2.

The programme is available to watch on the BBC website shortly after broadcast on April 19 www.bbc.co.uk/lifeline

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