Alan was suffering from severe pain and facing a wait of 26 weeks on the NHS when we funded his knee surgery.
“I suffered from arthritis in my knees for two or three years, and it was getting worse. My doctor referred me to a consultant and scans revealed I desperately needed a new knee. I was put on a waiting list but heard nothing for three months.
“The constant pain was exhausting. I had lots of trouble carrying out my Almoner’s duties and I couldn’t stand up in Lodge to give my report. It stopped me from doing jobs about the house and I couldn’t do my gardening or go for walks. I was in pain all of the time and the painkillers made me feel sick. My whole life came to a standstill.”
“I’ve been Lodge Almoner for over three years but was reluctant to ask for help for myself at first. I’m glad I did because a grant to fund my operation and physio was agreed within a matter of weeks.”
When I got the letter to confirm my grant had been approved, it felt like winning the lottery. To anyone who is in pain and entitled to support, please don’t hesitate. Pick up the phone and change your life for the better.