Below are some illustrations of the kind of help Footwear Friends can offer.
Mrs. A had worked for 12 years with a shoe manufacturer. It was reported to Footwear Friends that her son was in need of a personal computer after contracting Meningitis. This had left him with physical weakness and short-term memory loss. Footwear Friends contributed £300 towards the purchase of a Personal Computer.
Mrs. B aged 53 and her husband had worked in the footwear trade for 15 years. Mr. B had to give up his employment due to various chronic lung conditions, which made it difficult for him to manage the stairs. Assistance was requested towards a ground floor toilet and shower room to meet his long-term needs. Footwear Friends paid a grant of £500 towards the necessary adaptations to their property.
Mrs. C had been working for a local shoe manufacturing company for 35 years when she approached the Society for assistance. Mr. and Mrs. C found that they could not afford essential repairs to their home. Mr. C was suffering from Alzheimer’s and his wife was the main carer. In order to make the home safe for the couple, Footwear Friends paid a £400 grant.
Mr. X, aged 36, had worked for 10 years in a local shoe factory. He was disabled through bone cancer and had been in hospital on life support with failed kidneys, lungs and heart. After 6 months in hospital Mr. X was in need of a Motability Car due to his disabilities. Footwear Friends made a grant of £350.
Mr. Y aged 83 had worked for 30 years as a self employed Repairer. Mr. Y had been suffering with Diabetes and Leukemia, and had still been receiving chemotherapy on a monthly basis. Whilst the couple were able to manage their finances well, they found it hard to find funds to cover the cost of car repairs, essential for it to pass its MOT. Footwear Friends paid the shortfall of £131, needed to keep them mobile and independent.
An approach was made on behalf of Mrs. Z, an 88-year old widow, whose late husband has worked in a local shoe shop for 12 years. It was reported to the Society that Mrs. Z. was suffering from an arthritic spine. Her small car had failed its MOT and it was unclear whether it could be made roadworthy again. As Mrs. Z. was deemed an accomplished driver, it was suggested to purchase an electronic scooter for her. In order to keep Mrs. Z. mobile, the Society paid a grant of £500 towards such a vehicle.