Morning all on this sunny, but chilly day! Just read the post re heating discount....hubby is researching!
My post title refers to my experience in trying to get funding for a much needed ceiling hoist. The massive, temporary floor one has gone back from whence it came, as it was breaking hubby`s back., plus us having to sleep in separate bedrooms was causing him sleepless night and me nightmares!
You may recall my earlier post about this. I was assessed as needing a ceiling hoist urgently...ASAP...fast tracked my case was...no pun intended, I think!
Well the cost is £3k...the council want a 13% agent fee!!!! Chuffin` cheek, innit?
So I got a call which told me they will only pay £1,250 and I have to find the rest....bank robbery comes to mind, except my scooter won`t go fast enough to avoid the cops!
So, first stop is to MSS. They rang me and said they didn`t think they could give me the rest of the dough.
Then she asked some questions that I was taken aback at...especially this one;
`Robert Smith...who is he?` I was asked. I shivered, my lip quivered.
That was my dad`, I uttered. Dad died 10 years ago.
`Why are you mentioning his name?` I added.
`He was a soldier, wasn`t he? We could try the Armed Services Benevolent Fund.
You are in Unison, aren`t you? We could try their grant facilities`.
Then finally, she said, `We need a support letter from your OT`.
By this time, I was shaken up and mystified.
I`m now waiting for the MSS grant form. OT has already given me the support letter.
All this has made me feel so small, wretched and I`ll never ask for an DFG again!
Their criteria said if we had over £6k in savings, we could be asked to contribute towards the cost of any work......we don`t!
I have drafted a letter of appeal to the council, just incase the other charities don`t play ball.
Great stuff all this disability crap, innit!