These are some of the people whose lives we have been made a little better through our welfare grants programme.
To respect privacy all names have been changed and the images are a representation only, but otherwise the stories are genuine accounts of the lives of people who have or are being helped by The National Benevolent Charity.
4 year old daughter. Greg was diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma and unable to work; Pat was caring for Greg and their daughter which meant a drastic fall in income and as a result and they became unable to meet their household bills or buy food . We made an award of £300 of vouchers to spend at the supermarket of their choice.
Oliva is a 78 year old widow from North London who had worked as a school dinner lady. She became disabled with arthritis
and had to have knee replacement surgery. We awarded her £300 towards a riser/recliner
Geoff, a fitter, was made redundant and Karen was only able to work part time as dental nurse. They were living on basic benefits and relying on food banks. We made an award of .£350.00 towards their living costs.
Kathleen is a widow aged 84 and lives in South East London:. She lives on her widow basic state benefits. Her only son died four years ago so she has no one to help her. Her cooker and washing machine broke down and she was unable to find the funds to either repair or replace them. We were able to supply and fit new ones.
Mohammad is 53 and lives in Sheffield he worked in a factory until he suffered two strokes and he is now disabled and is cared for by wife and children aged 17, 15 and 10 . The children needed new clothes for school. We were able to award £300.00 vouchers for school clothes.
Pat aged 20 has severe learning and physical disabilities aged 20 lives in Edinburgh with her Mum who is her full time carer. . Although they claim all the befits they are entitled to they find it very hard to make ends meet especially when things get worn and need replacing. We were able to provide £400 to vouchers to buy new clothing and bedding
Richard from Kent is 41 and has a history of schizophrenia having spent much of his childhood in care; an in and out of homeless shelters. He has now been rehoused but he did not have the funds to buy a bed or bedding. We therefore supplied £500 vouchers so that he could try and makes his new house into a home.
Beatrice is 45 and from North Yorkshire. She and her 14 year old daughter were subject to years of abuse from her former husband. When they suffered broken bones they fled that family home to a women's refuge , leaving everything behind. Having stayed at the refuge for a year they were offered an unfurnished flat .We were able to give vouchers towards essential household items..
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