Real people that needed a little help for a lot of relief...

Whilst 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 them.

Real case histories

Dangerous electrics shock for 89 year old Iris

"I feel 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.
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AFTAID helps wire a Northumberland couple into safety

"It 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.
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Prestatyn Pensioner Up and About Again

"I 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.
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Prestatyn Pensioner Up and About Again

"It 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.

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Bromley couple set for
winter with new radiators

With 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.
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No more uphill struggles
for retired sailor

AFTAID 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 freely."
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Ann 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.
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New lease of life for Paignton community volunteer

82 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...
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Mobile again thanks to support from AFTAID

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. .
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Sparkling 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.
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Excerpt from an article about AFTAID in

"A 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.
"She has 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.

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Below 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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