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Independent living true stories

You can read stories below from people who have benefited from the caring help of our independent living volunteers.

Pensioner Mary Jenkins was facing a tough time alone at home – until our volunteer called round to help.

After a stroke landed him in hospital for ten months, Randolph wasn’t ready to face the world again – until we lent a hand.

Nobody likes visiting the dentist, but poor Ann’s dental phobia meant she hadn’t had a check-up for 40 years – and she was in painful misery.

When disabled pensioner Maureen Gallagher needed extra support at home following a hospital stay, the Red Cross stepped in to help.

After having her left leg amputated, Lorna Williams was desperate to leave hospital and return home – but didn’t realise how difficult it would be coping alone.

Our volunteers are always willing to go the extra mile to help people – even if that means belting out a song or two.

Living with Parkinson’s disease can be difficult for Renate Eglestaff – so she was especially grateful when our volunteer called round to help.

Pensioner Joan Plevin was struggling so much at home that she moved 200 miles to be near her daughter – and found she had to rebuild her social life from scratch.

Almost 50 years ago, Dorothy Jennings witnessed our volunteers helping at the Aberfan disaster in Wales – and now we’re supporting her.

After major surgery left Sue Bayley almost completely house-bound, her confidence took a big knock – but we helped her venture outside again and embrace the world.

Anyone who has heart surgery in their eighties will naturally need a bit of support to get back on their feet – which is why Theresa Allen turned to us for help.

After a heart attack and stroke, bowls enthusiast Connie thought she would never play the sport she loved again.

After losing both her husband and much of her eyesight, Hilda was at her very lowest ebb – until our volunteer helped her rediscover a zest for life.

When Eve O’Malley fractured her ankle while playing in the park, it looked like she’d be stuck at home for weeks – until we provided a special wheelchair.

Last year Phillip Potter, a carer for his disabled wife, faced a difficult winter. But things are looking up.

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