New lease of life for Paignton community volunteer

What a fantastic example Nancy Hanley's is. A wonderful woman of 82 years old, a former underground war worker and later an active community volunteer, helping out when and where needed.

When AFTAID heard about Nancy we knew that offering modest aid would provide benefits to many more people than Nancy alone. Although in herself a definately worthy beneficiary.

Nancy, who worked at an underground aircraft factory in Corsham, North Wiltshire, during the Second World War, had always played an active part in her community. But hip replacements and other joint problems began to cause her considerable pain resulting in mobility problems. Although walking for her is restricted to short distances she can still drive her car leaving her able to continue her volunteer work for Paignton charity, Bridge the Gap - transporting so many other older people to hospital appointments and coffee mornings.

When her ailments prevented Nancy from continuing her community work and even shopping for herself became impossible without severe pain, she turned to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) and, with the help of AFTAID, the two organisations' combined grant aid to provide her with an electric scooter to regain her mobility.

Nancy is now out and about again doing her day to day volunteer work as well as shopping for herself - as the picture shows at the Greengrocers with Alison Riley loading the basket.

If you know of an older person like Nancy, in very difficult circumstances, who may be eligable for help from AFTAID, click here to find out how to obtain the Grant Application Forms.


"I had a hip operation over ten years ago, but over the last four years, with severe knee and ankle problems, I have found it more difficult to do any community work and the usually trouble-free trips to the local shop became an ordeal. I knew that I had to get myself mobile again so I looked into getting some help to buy a scooter.

For the first time, I can visit the pedestrianised parts of Paignton without worrying about parking the car and having to walk too far. I can get about in comfort."


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