Joan is the face of our Christmas Hamper Campaign for 2018. For many, Christmas can be the loneliest time of the year. That’s one of the reasons why R.A.B.I gives festive hampers to those we support long-term, to let them know that somebody cares. If you’re able to donate, please do so on Just Giving.
At the age of 17, Joan joined the women’s land army and was sent to work on a dairy farm, where she met her husband William. She contacted R.A.B.I when William became ill during retirement.
She said: “I heard about the R.A.B.I on radio Oxford. They sent a welfare officer to see us, take our details and assess our needs. He made sure we were getting all the benefits that were available. I was already getting attendance allowance, but he helped us get a carers’ allowance.”
Joan and William were soon made full-beneficiaries and received quarterly grants to help with expenses and a winter allowance to help them keep warm.
“Sadly, my husband passed away in 2011, but R.A.B.I continues to support me with the same benefits.
“I did ring them up and asked where I could get an alarm system as I was worried about falling down the stairs on my own. R.A.B.I were the people I turned to. It was so natural.
“They know so much and so many people, they’re so willing to help. They’ve enriched my life.”
Find out more about Joan’s story in the video below.