The OA’s Grants and Welfare Department continues to focus on providing financial support and advice to former Officers and their dependants throughout the UK and overseas. The work carried out by our Grants and Welfare team is of enormous value to the OA community and it is during our proudest moments that we look to the power of social media and its undeniable influence, to spread the word about what we do and why it’s so important to all at the OA.
Continuing to inform and inspire our social media following, below are just a few examples of the OA’s most popular case studies to date…
Ex RAF Officer Bryony, sustained a spinal injury several years ago but has worked incredibly hard to maintain her independence despite this. The OA provided Bryony with a grant towards a high specification lightweight wheel chair, enabling her to have a great deal more mobility to participate in the daily activities most take for granted. Bryony rides with the Riding Disabled Association and also attends the local stables to ride and enjoy the carriage events and equestrian activities. But most importantly, the wheelchair has enabled her to regain outdoor independence. As Bryony served in the Royal Air Force, the OA were able to secure additional funding from RAF Benevolent Fund.
Mr Victor Riley proudly served in the Royal Air Force during WWII as a navigator in 517 Squadron flying Mosquitos, and flew many bombing missions over Munich and Berlin. Today, Vic lives in an annexe which has been specifically adapted for his needs, with his daughter, who is now his main carer. The OA are assisting Vic with a regular allowance to support his ongoing household expenses and we have additionally funded the widening of his bedroom doorway to make for a smoother process in manoeuvring his wheelchair which has enabled him to maintain a little more independence.
A big thank you also to the RAF Association who have helped Mr Riley with a respite break.
Mr Robert Ellis is a 92 year old widower who lives alone in a retirement flat. He has suffered many health issues with his hips and knees during the past year and the OA Grants and Welfare team has helped to transform his life with the support of an electric armchair, giving him much comfort and opportunity to move freely and without discomfort around his home. The change we’ve seen in him has been fantastic, and the OA’s invitation to the Not Forgotten garden party at Buckingham Palace has enabled him to attend, while also giving him the opportunity to meet up and share a common bond with old friends and acquaintances.
The OA is now working in partnership with Age UK and their 'Call in Time' telephone friendship service and with Silver Line, the charity set up by Esther Rantzen to help combat loneliness.