Thank you to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
Generous £16,616 grant given to Hft to support dependents in the Army family who have learning disabilities
We’re pleased to confirm that ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, who have been supporting Hft for over 25 years, have generously awarded our charity a grant of over £16,000.
A share of the grant will go towards supporting our charitably funded projects, such as Luv2meetU and our Family Carer Support Service, which only exist thanks to fundraised and donated income. The rest will go towards helping ensure that the army dependents that Hft supports have every opportunity to live the best life possible.
One of those people is Alice, who is supported by our Moreton in Marsh Supported Living Service. Up until recently she shared her home with her husband who has Down’s syndrome. Sadly, he was recently diagnosed with dementia, which was proving challenging for them both to deal with, and as a result, he has now moved into residential care where his needs can be better met.
Alice values the independence that supported living gives her and it was important for her to remain living in her existing home. After almost 10 years of marriage, she and her husband now find themselves living apart – a challenge for any relationship, and one that Alice and her support workers have been giving much thought to. But after a bit of creative thinking, they have come up with a potential solution…
Alice’s support only runs to 14 hours a week, which means she has to manage her money carefully. So Alice’s support workers have suggested that she use some of the money that ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is donating to Hft to purchase a new tablet that she can use to video call her husband, which will significantly boost her ability to talk with him and see his smiling face!
Now that Alice lives alone, she could be at greater risk of experiencing loneliness and isolation –however being able to maintain communication through video calling will help prevent this from happening. As well as her husband, Alice is looking forward to video calling her mum and dad, and also her brother who lives in Taiwan. They are all looking forward to regular catch-ups as she takes advantage of the new communication opportunities that her new tablet will bring!