people that needed a little help for a lot of relief...
some of the case histories are too distressing for those involved for
us to publicise, the beneficiaries
below have all allowed us to show how AFTAID has made a difference for
electrics shock for 89 year old Iris
so much safer now" said Iris Bodger, 89, when asked by
AFTAID about the rewiring to her house that had just been completed...
Iris suffers from a number of ailments not uncommon in people of
her age, and the thought that she could be in danger worried this
elderly lady considerably and of course did not help her health.
wire a Northumberland couple into safety
started about a year ago - it has been a nightmare!" was
how Mrs Hamilton recently described the problems that have caused
her and her husband so much worry. Following a particularly violent
storm, an electrician advised them that the house wiring was badly
worn and as such potentially dangerous.
Pensioner Up and About Again
like to make a fuss" said Margaret, who's health problems
mean it is particularly essential that she gets a good nights rest.
However she had been 'making do' with a child's bed that she had
been given. This was so small and totally inadequate that she had
fallen out several times.
Pensioner Up and About Again
has been a Godsend!" exclaimed Freda Edgar, 72, about her
new Riser/Recliner chair. She lives with her husband in Prestatyn
and like many of our older citizens, suffers from generalised arthritis.
Her doctor recommended the purchase of a special Riser/ Recliner
chair which would ensure Mrs Edgar had proper support whilst sitting
and provide appropriate assistance to ensure she could stand up
out of the chair safely.
couple set for
winter with new radiators
no savings and relying on pensions and disability allowances for
daily living, purchasing new radiators was out of the question for
the Patersons. They therefore decided to call on the Soldiers, Sailors,
Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), a charity that supports
serving and ex-servicemen. Working with SSAFA, AFTAID helped prepare
the couple for winter by replacing all the radiators.
more uphill struggles
for retired sailor
supported the response of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families
Association (SSAFA) to Mr Ridley's application by contributing to
the purchase of an electric scooter. Within a month, Mr Ridley was
up and rolling: "The scooter has definitely changed my life. The
climb to the club is no longer a daunting prospect and I'm grateful
that I can get on with the things I like and need to do much more
gets cooking again with AFTAID's help
Ann, 65, said: "On the very basic pension there is no way I
was able to buy a new, or even a second hand, cooker as I have no
disposable money at all." She suffers from arthritis and has
mobility problems so being able to look after herself and to eat
proper meals is vital.
lease of life for Paignton community volunteer
year old community volunteer and former underground war worker Nancy
Hanley is now able to shop for herself and get back to helping others.
A fantastic lady who shows us all how the gift of mobility can help
so many more people than the beneficiary alone...
again thanks to support from AFTAID
is pleased to have been able to help Doug Kersey become mobile again.
The charity contributed towards the cost of an electric scooter
after Doug Kersey, who already had crippling arthritis, suffered
a stroke. It left him relying on a Zimmer frame to get around the
house and his now 63 year old wife, Valerie, to push his wheelchair
when they went out.
AFTAID stepped in and now Doug has been to the beach and has taken
his dog Tye, out into the garden for the first time in 14 months.
support for Sheffield pensioner
AFTAID has helped
72 year old pensioner Sheila Roberts maintain her independence by
donating a brand new washing machine. Mrs Roberts risked flooding
in her home due to a worn-out washing machine. Having lived with
arthritis for many years, and on a basic pension, maintaining her
house without a washing machine presented a serious challenge.
from an article about AFTAID in
few weeks ago, we were contacted by a social worker, from a local charity
for older people in Leeds. She had come across a 72 year old lady, who
had been sleeping in an old bed, designed for an infant.
"She had fallen out of the thing on numerous occasions. She couldn't
afford a proper bed. Not even second hand.
cancer of the mouth, throat and breast, COPD, bronchitis, asthma, diabetes,
enlarged liver and arthritis of the spine, shoulders and neck. We immediately
invited her to choose a proper bed. For the first time in years, she tells
us, night time is now a blessed relief.
"We paid 160 pounds for the bed she chose. Not a great deal of money,
but a fortune for her.
the whole article...
is one example from our archives, one among thousands of cases we have
dealt with over more than 25 years:
John Knight appealed
direct to Aid For The Aged In Distress on behalf of his mother.
For many years,
Murial Knight walked seven miles a day, lugging mailbags and heavy parcels
to over 500 addresses. She loved her job, but hefty bundles caused a weight
of problems for the post lady.
Her son, John an
unemployed welder, and his wife Linda, were worried that she was becoming
housebound. John's appeals for help to buy an electric scooter for his
mother were being turned down.
Though money was
tight, John and Linda were prepared to contribute towards the cost, and,
when approached, so were AFTAID.
Mrs Knight is thrilled
with her scooter: "I can go around the village and visit friends
and get to the shops. I'd be a prisoner without my scooter".
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