• Date: 31/03/2022

Baron Davenport's Charity funding helps customer Paula feel her best at home again

Older woman sitting on a bench smiling with her dogPaula was referred to Revival after being admitted to the Royal Stoke Hospital due to anxiety and alcohol abuse.  After treatment she was ready to be discharged from hospital but her financial situation meant she had no access to food or essentials meaning she couldn’t go home.

Our Home Support Service supported Paula to feel her best at home again. Mark, Home Support Officer, tells us more. “When we first met Paula she was struggling to cope with alcohol. She was using it as an aid to manage her severe anxiety and painful health condition.”

“Her alcohol dependence had an impact on her finances too. She was struggling with debt and her benefits had been stopped.

“She’d completed a detox in hospital and was ready to be discharged home but didn’t have any access to food or essentials. She also had a small dog who she struggled to feed and she relied on him heavily for companionship.

“Paula also needed help to manage her finances and get her benefits restored but we knew this would take time and she needed access to food urgently.

“We stepped in and provided her with a food parcel but because she had no oven, she was only able to eat food she could microwave.

“Luckily thanks to funding Revival received from Baron Davenport’s Charity, we were able to put together a suitable food parcel containing meals, soups, instant mash, snacks and breakfast items she could microwave. We also provided some basic toiletries and food for her dog too.

“When we dropped them off Paula was teary and grateful for our help and support.

“Without our help she would’ve gone without. She lives in a rural village with the nearest foodbank over six miles away, with no way of getting there.

“When we left, she told us she’s abstained from alcohol and is determined to turn her life around.”

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