Scot - it's Stanley Baxter, our new Patron!
is a pleasure to be able to tell you some great news!
We are delighted
to announce that the BAFTA Award winning comedian, actor and writer,
Stanley Baxter, has agreed to lend his support to AFTAID by becoming
a Patron. Mr Baxter is, I am sure, very well known to you primarily
as a result of his highly successful TV comedy shows. Although that
is far from the limit of his work and widespread success.
Sometimes outrageous, always outrageously funny,
a sublime exponent of truly edgey humour (he scandalised Mary Whitehouse)
and wickedly funny impressions (he was the first person ever to
impersonate the Queen on television).
Typically, on agreeing to become AFTAID's Patron, Stanley made a
generous donation and commented that he himself was also "no
longer a spring chicken".
In 1997, he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the
British Comedy Awards.
If possible, take the chance to go online where you will find a
rich breadth of his work to watch again Ð all guaranteed to bring
back happy memories and 'laugh-out-loud' moments.
If the name Stanley Baxter brings a smile to your face and
happy memories too, isn't that alone worth responding with a donation?
I am sure you will join me in welcoming Mr Baxter. We all look forward
to a long and enjoyable association and the benefits that will bring
to our work.
/ Rex Features
went to Hillhead High School in Glasgow
which was built like a fever hospital for the
Far East, I'm sure there was a perfectly good
school in the Far East being used as a
letter from a truly grateful beneficiary
am writing to thank you for your help towards the purchase of my
new electric scooter.
I am so happy. The scooter has made such a difference
to my life. I have regained my independence and feel so much more
I can now go out on my own. As the weather improves, I will venture
I really appreciate all the help and support that has been given
by the donators.
Mr P Wier is a fine example of how AFTAID in association with
other caring agencies, can
make a huge positive difference to lives of older people. In this
case, enabling a much
higher degree of independence and allowing Mr Wier to get out
into the fresh air on his own.
you's" to donors and supporters
beneficiaries write to us with their sincere thanks and we believe it
is you, who should receive them most. Clearly you make a genuine difference
with your donations.
& Mrs Brown from Poole, thanked us for the grant towards the cost
of repairs to their leaking roof.
P Brown in Bucks, received help towards the cost of a smooth slope
pathway for access with an electric powered scooter.
Cox of Lincoln, was unable to use his bath so we helped with a bathlift.
He writes: "This
really makes my life easier".
R Johnson, sent a letter on behalf of his mother to thank us for the
grant towards a central heating system. "It
makes a huge difference".
S Canacott, wrote on behalf of her father who had received a grant
towards the cost of a stair lift.
A Platt, sent a letter on behalf of her mother to thank us for the
grant towards a riser recliner chair.
G Young, of Lancashire, says of his grant towards an electric scooter:
"since I got the scooter my life is much easier and getting round
shopping and getting about seems like a godsend".
info: Beneficiaries Thank Youo:
HERE, RIGHT NOW - Over a year has passed since we updated our communications
was a hard decision to not communicate during the worst of the economic
crisis facing the UK, being conscious of the many pressures on finances,
at a time which involved much uncertainty. 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
an increasingly worrysome picture of what the economic downturn means
to the most vulnerable people in the UK. Aid applications are continuous
and AFTAID needs to respond, supplying urgently needed relief. So 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 webpage.
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
info: How you can help
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 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.
info: How You Can Helpo:
who need a different kind of help...
AFTAID strives to do all we can for those in very difficult circumstances
but there are some aspects in your quality of life issues that 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
Go to our new USEFUL LINKS page, where you will
find quick access to several other charitable organisations who may be
able to help you or your friends and neighbours.
info: Link to other aid organisations