How we’ve helped others

Assistance from Pharmacist Support can come in many different ways to suit the needs of the individual. Take a look at our case studies to see how we've supported your colleagues and peers in need.

The following stories highlight the many ways in which we’ve responded to the needs of people across our pharmacy family who have found themselves confronted by difficult circumstances.

Counselling and Peer Support case studies

Counselling and Peer Support case studies

“Pharmacist Support helped me see the advantages of my dyslexia, which I now consider my superpower.”

Ketan opens up about how having dyslexia impacted his time at university and his training placement, and how one of our Listening Friends not only gave him advice on how to overcome those challenges, but inspired him to start his own business.

Counselling and Peer Support case studies

“I genuinely don’t know if I would be sitting here writing this if it wasn’t for the counselling sessions and financial support.”

Read Imani's story about how we supported her mental health and quality of life through our counselling and financial assistance services.

Counselling and Peer Support case studies

“I had lost my confidence and self-belief. I was completely broken.” 

Aamer Safdar opens up about his own work related stress and anxiety and his journey through the tough times to build himself back up.

Counselling and Peer Support case studies

Behind the brave face I was hiding anxiety, as well as that deep feeling of imposter syndrome.

Chi Huynh shares the struggles he's had with mental health and anxiety over the course of his career as a university lecturer, and how he's dealing with them.

Financial Assistance case studies

Financial Assistance case studies

“I was beginning to feel as though I wouldn’t have been able to finish my pharmacy degree if I didn’t get some financial help.”

Read how our student bursary helped pull Marco* out of a very financially distressing time.

Financial Assistance case studies

“Without the bursary I wouldn’t have been able to make it this far”

Read Priyanka's story about how we supported her with her financial struggles during university through our student bursary scheme.

Financial Assistance case studies

“I am in an incredibly good position in my life which would have been markedly more difficult to achieve without this bursary.”

Natasha Williams is a student pharmacist studying at Liverpool John Moores University. She received our financial bursary and has kindly shared her story in hopes to help others in our pharmacy family who may be struggling.

Financial Assistance case studies

“Just talking to the charity about my ideas and progress with my restoration portfolio has helped me to stay focused and motivated.”

Pharmacist Support has assisted me through a period of severe financial hardship and helped me on my journey towards returning to the register.

Financial Assistance case studies

“The support that the charity has been giving us has made our life a lot easier, a lot better, a lot more manageable and a lot more enjoyable.”

Julie is a pharmacist, married to Paul who has had MS for a number of years and is now confined to a wheelchair. The couple give us a glimpse into their lives and talk about the assistance they have received from Pharmacist Support along the way.

Financial Assistance case studies

“Pharmacist Support picked me up, carried me out of a horrible situation and reminded me that people do care.”

Emily graduated with a first class degree and registered as a pharmacist. A severe health relapse, however, made finding paid work extremely prohibitive. Covering basic living cost was becoming overwhelming and Emily was finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.

Financial Assistance case studies

“It is the care that the staff at Pharmacist Support show to pharmacists and their families that makes it easier to continue in treatment.”

We have been supporting John* and his family on his journey to recovery since 1994, who has now been clean for eight years.

Financial Assistance case studies

“Each time I spoke to you, I felt that somebody at the other end of the line really believed and understood what I’ve been through. I am very grateful for what you have done.”

Following a bad accident leaving her with multiple fractures, Maria* was informed that it would be 4 – 6 months before she could return to work. Leaving her and her family in a very difficult situation.

Financial Assistance case studies

“I received financial help from the very thoughtful and wonderful staff at Pharmacist Support. This really helped me to pull through until I was registered.”

Sam is a trainee pharmacist. He failed his first attempt at the exam and was unable to secure an extension to his current placement, or to find other work to support himself, his wife and child through the summer months.

Financial Assistance case studies

“Pharmacist Support’s kindness has been a comfort in what have been difficult and occasionally bleak times.”

Following a year out of work due to illness, Lucy's husband Paul was finally diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer. At this point, Paul began intensive chemotherapy treatment and Lucy quit her job to become a full-time carer.

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Meet Julie and Paul

Julie is a pharmacist, married to Paul who has had MS for a number of years and is now confined to a wheelchair.

Watch Julie and Paul's story

Providing adaptations for special needs

"My husband Joe and I are both pharmacists. We have three children Charlotte, Michael, and Catherine. Our daughter Charlotte has Down syndrome."

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Addiction Support case studies

Addiction Support case studies

“Knowing that there might be others from a similar background with a similar problem was an eye opener; I thought I was the only one.”

Anne Cawdron is a retired pharmacist who we helped with her addiction struggles when we were The Benevolent Fund. She has kindly shared her story to encourage those in our pharmacy family to reach out for help.

Addiction Support case studies

“A chance phone call from Pharmacist Support asking about my health made me admit that I was not well and needed help. At last, I had turned a corner – I had asked for help.”

Bob Dunkley is a retired pharmacist who we have supported through his addiction struggles. Here, Bob graciously shares his story with us in the hope to help others who may be struggling in our pharmacy family.

Addiction Support case studies

“Knowing that I was not the only pharmacist to be suffering in the way that I was came as a relief as well as a surprise.”

My experience with Pharmacist Support has been lifesaving and life changing. I have a young family who are as grateful as I am for the help that I have been afforded by the charity throughout the course of my difficulties.

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We will always be here to support our entire pharmacy family, whenever they need us. But we can't do it without you. As an independent charity, we rely on generous donations from those in the profession in order to continue our work.

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