we help the UK's
older people when they feel there is no hope...
and common sense, ripping away red tape and acting swiftly to improve
the lives of elderly people in genuine
need. We aim to do this as quickly as possible.
are many and varied reasons why an application
for a grant is made to us because there are so many obstacles to an impoverished,
older person. So much that society takes for granted and that are often
deemed to be necessities, have become impossible to attain luxuries to
those receiving only fixed rate pension.
will AFTAID provide a grant for?
anything which is required to take away hardship from the day to day life
of an older person. In recent years grants
have been made to provide, or help in the purchase of:
Small Emergency House Repairs
Essential or Emergency House Cleaning
of phone line
'Blind' software for PC
Wheelchair access ramp
this website are several case histories
which illustrate just what these mean to those who benefit and you can
also read some of the many 'Thank you' messages
for a grant
the beneficiaries must have disclosed certain key information by
completing a very simple and straightforward form available from us (click
here for details). We then validate the information
and in every instance we aim to do this as quickly as possible.
The basis of every
application is that the beneficiary is at least 65 years of age,
income must be minimal and savings meagre. We do not offer grant aid for
ongoing or retrospective payments nor debt repayment.
settles the bill
safeguard we use is to settle the grant direct with the supplier of the
goods or service it is made for. An additional benefit of this policy
is that any supplier can act quickly too as they have the confidence of
swift and assured payment.
Pensioner Up and About Again
didn't 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.
A history of AFTAID
from the Chair
The Bright Side
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is one example from our archives, one among thousands of cases we have
dealt with across more than 30 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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