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.
This left Maria* and her family in a very difficult situation. As a locum with two children, a husband who was also self-employed and with neither parent eligible for sick pay. Unable to care for herself or her children properly meant that Maria’s husband had to significantly reduce his working hours.
Pharmacist Support referred Maria onto our specialist adviser. Who assisted her in her application for employment and support allowance (including backdated payments). The charity also provided a monthly grant to help the family with general household bills until Maria was able to return to work.
“Aside from the exceptionally pleasant manner in which my case was handled. I was absolutely amazed to find out that you were able to help me financially as well. This money was a great help to my family.
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.
“Since my accident, I have dealt with many people and authorities, be it medical or financial. I can’t say that I always felt that I was being treated with empathy. 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. I am still healing, but have gone back to work part time. Thank you for helping during a very tough time.”
*We have used a pseudonym to protect Maria’s identity.
Pharmacist Support offers financial assistance towards essential expenditure in times of difficulty. It may be provided to pharmacists and their families, trainee pharmacists and MPharm students. If you are currently experiencing financial difficulties, do not hesitate to contact us on 0808 168 2233 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.We can help you assess whether an application for financial assistance is the best route and discuss what other support might be available for you. We are here to listen and to help in confidence.