17th Nov, 2019

Stratford Mum with debilitating condition thankful for Citizen's Advice support

LIFE-SAVING  support from organisations in Stratford has helped a mum with a debilitating illness.

Citizen’s Advice Bureau South Warwickshire’s Reach Out and Help project helped Beckey Barton – who has fibromyalgia – to get a blue badge and has continued to support the 37-year-old.

The project is funded by grant giving charity Stratford Town Trust and helps people who are vulnerable, have disabilities or face serious hardship.

It has helped Beckey, who suffers from widespread pain and chronic fatigue, claim the benefits she needs and with costs for an adapted bathroom. She is also now able to run a support group ‘Stratford Fibro Friends’ in Stratford Hospital.

She said: “I’ve had amazing support from the ROAH advisors. It’s very daunting when you are not well and have no idea of what help is available. “

“I have seen people taken from the pits of despair and despondency back into being hopeful about their futures, thanks to ROAH help. I can’t thank them enough.”

The project also funds home visits to those who physically cannot get to the bureau’s office in Stratford.

The town trust recently confirmed it would continue the support to the district-wide project alongside money from the National Lottery.

Trust executive Sara Aspley said: “We have seen the value of this service which helps many who literally have no one else to turn to for even basic support. The most vulnerable and needy people in the town are helped in so many ways.”

Contact roah@casouthwarwickshire.org.uk to request a referral form.

And call 07587 143374 for more details on Stratford Fibro Friends.

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