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Can you help? Furniture needed for elderly widow being rehoused

on Wed, 23/08/2017 - 11:31am

Margaret and Terry Ferguson have lived in a static caravan at Britchcombe Farm for about 20 years, without running water, drainage or electricity, and could possibly be seen as having ‘dropped through the net’ of our social security system – albeit this has been of their choice for much of the time.  Sadly Terry died on 7 August after a very short illness, leaving Margaret in a difficult situation.  She is aged a little under 70, is not in the best of health, has no family locally and does not drive.
 
Fortunately the Vale District Council and Sovereign Housing have worked wonders to find her a bungalow in Stanford-in-the Vale, into which she will be moving shortly, and SSAFA (the Armed Forces Charity) are being very generous, as Terry was in the Army for 16 years.  SSAFA is providing beds, electric cooker, fridge freezer and a washing machine; SSAFA website: https://www.ssafa.org.uk/
 
Whilst the Department of Work and Pensions may help with financial assistance, Margaret has very little furniture to take to her new home (having lived in a caravan for many years), apart from the goods being supplied by SSAFA, and is currently facing unfunded funeral costs of a little over £1,500.
 
How might you help? 

If you have any of the following looking for a new home – kitchen table, with 2 or 3 chairs and possibly other incidental furniture suitable for a bungalow - all safe and in decent condition, they would be much appreciated. Some curtains are needed, but I am not sure of the window dimensions at present.  (Pots and pans, cutlery and crockery are not needed).

Please discuss first with Simon Jenkins on 01367 820776 or e-mail at [email protected]

Time is of the essence, as there may be the opportunity of putting the bulkier items into a van for delivery to Stanford on Saturday 26 August.

For the avoidance of any doubt, Simon would like to state:

  • This is not a Parish Council matter.
  • Margaret did not ask for this appeal, but is aware of it and has approved the draft.