are so pleased to be active once again in our communications with all
you lovely people
may not have changed a lot on the website for quite a while and it was
a hard decision to not keep in touch during the worst of the economic
crisis facing the UK. We have not sent an appeal letter since 2010 and
not published our newsletter The Bright Side since 2012 (although
the next one is being put together now).
the economic indicators looking better we hope today, that you have weathered
the storm well or at least better than expected.
For our part, AFTAID have managed to continue making vital grants to those
older people who have found even greater pressures have built up within
their lives and problems continue to crop up out of the blue. This
has largely been possible due to past generosity of those supporters who
made provision for a legacy within their Will.
will not surprise you to learn however, that we are under greater and
greater pressure from applications for grants. Applications that are painting
a continuing worrysome picture of what the economic downturn has meant
to the most vulnerable people in the UK. Aid applications are continuous
and AFTAID needs to respond, supplying urgently needed relief.
AFTAID are now embarking on a full update of our communications including
the website, where we hope you will visit as often as possible and where
donations can be made through our secure payments facilities. We continue
to be grateful for your cheques and direct donations via our online
donations page. We hope you can find something now to enable us to
catch up with our fundraising to help such worthy folk in their hour of
Please rest assured that AFTAID make certain applicants are truly deserving
through our own checks and with support evidence from social and/or health
professionals. You can be confident your donations are being placed wisely
and accurately to those with genuine need.
We cannot thank you enough and those, often desperate, elderly people
who receive grants try hard to express their gratitude. Together you and
AFTAID have made, and will continue to make, a real difference to their
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So many great recollections
come flooding back when thinking of Stanley's long and illustrious career,
here is one for you now:
Patron always puts a smile on for AFTAID as well as the rest of
wonderful, multi-talented, seriously funny and BAFTA award winning
Stanley Baxter enters his fourth year of being our Patron. Our thanks
to him of course.
Appearing on stage in panto he made his entrance "in full rig",
facing the audience he said: "I call this my hand grenade dress.
Pull out the pin and it's every man for himself".
that has got to be worth a donation!
and I just cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity."
Miss P. (82) - West Wittering
kind of you...
to be able to eat proper meals again."
Mr R. (68) - Edinburgh
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is making Freda so happy?
has been a Godsend!" exclaimed Freda Edgar, 72, when asked
about her new Riser/Recliner chair. She lives with her husband in
Prestatyn and like many of our older citizens Mrs Edgar 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.
our founder, the late Brian St. Clair Burke, realised in 1982 that there
was a surprisingly large number of elderly people in desperate need and
that they were falling through the "safety net" of Social Services,
he decided to do whatever he could to help.
He had no idea that more than 30 years later applications to the charity
he started would have increased to the level we currently receive...
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warm welcome to our new Trustee
are proud to receive
the generous support of
the British public
and recently benefit
from socially aware
companies such as:
vital and unique place
among chairities offering
assistance to elderly people
in the UK relies on you all.
Please give your help
to enable us to offer
Wynne is currently
involved in training and consultancy with a variety of education establishments
in North Kent and South London.
Her husband, three children and their families form her major interest,
but when time allows, this extends to fine arts too.
you be an AFTAID Trustee too?
somebody you know?
welcome approaches to add to the expertise and enthusiasm required to
run our small charity.
If you feel you might be able to help please take a look at our special
webpage. Thank you.
the message, ideas or fundraising - can you help?
conscious that it is our responsibility to keep operating costs as low
as possible (AFTAID
have no full time staff for instance) we still have to bring our work
to the attention of the wonderful British public who have supported us.
If anyone can offer some voluntary help in any capacity, please contact
us to tell of the skills or ideas you have to offer. We will be most grateful
but more importantly those we are able to help will be grateful.
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who need a different kind of help...
to do all we can for those in very difficult circumstances but there are
some aspects in quality of life issues we cannot help with. Thankfully
we can bring those who would like a little occasional company or who do
not have television but would enjoy one a little good news.
Go to our new USEFUL LINKS page, where you will
find quick access to several charitable organisations who may be able
to help you or your friends and acquaintances.
info: Link to other aid organisations
you want to know about grants?
of individuals do write directly to us for help. But more elderly people
in need 'make do', often being too proud to ask for help. Consequently
most of the grants we make come as a result of an approach from other
Charities, Social Services or Support Groups none of which are able to
help as we can and do.
We can only make grant aid available to UK residents who are of pension
age and on low incomes.
The process of applying is made as easy as we can.
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More info: Apply
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YOU ORGANISE A NEW YEAR FUNDRAISER?
new year is a great time for organising or taking part in indoor fundraising
activities or events.
As the weather closes in on us people love to have somewhere to go that
is warm and dry, where fun can be had and a good cause supported.
There are lots of great ideas encompassing a wide variety of indoor activities
or social events that will capture the attention of friends, family, even
Whatever you choose to do please make sure all the participants are safe
at all times.
Take a look at our special fundraising area of the website.
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