How we have helped
I was first given help in November 2007, when Sally Atkinson, the then General Manager, visited me and my late wife at home. She helped us to assess our financial situation and begin to learn how to manage our money better.
My wife suffered from a mental illness, while I still suffer from a severe mental illness that I was diagnosed with in 1979. This made our lives challenging in the extreme.
We had a lot to learn about budgeting. We had spiralled down into debt because of my wife repeatedly making visits to South Africa to see her children while I had not been assertive enough to stop her destructive and extravagant lifestyle, probably because of my mental health problems.
After we were given support from the BDA Benevolent Fund, our behaviour slowly began to change.
Over the next 15 years, and continuing beyond the passing of my wife, I have been able to make ends meet by living off state benefits, and later, a small state pension, topped up by the BDA Benevolent Fund’s grant.
As a result of the wisdom I have gained from the support of my friends, moral support of my family, wide reading, and my extensive lifestyle studies, I have since been able to become financially independent and no longer need the assistance of the Charity.
I wish to thank the many donors, and all the Trustees and staff who have supported my wife and I over the years and now given me back my dignity as a member of my community, and no longer having to rely on charity to provide my needs.
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