Charity body helps with fees


Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Elderly people and people with disabilities may be able to obtain assistance in paying for their care from the Association of Charity Officers (ACO) which helps thousands of individuals each year. The ACO is an umbrella body of a number of small benevolent funds, many of which were formed years ago with mission statements which now ring quaintly. These funds existed to “remedy the existing evils of female education”, and to help “widows over the age of 40 who are widows of clergy men”. There were benevolent funds set up by well-meaning benefactors to provide red socks for street cleaners and warm knickers for cotton workers. These benevolent funds are now a valuable source of modern funds which are now helping people in need, spending more than £60 million each year. ACO general secretary Valerie Barrow said the ACO Helpline was a gateway for anybody seeking charitable help from benevolent funds. “In the last year, most requests for help ­ nearly a third ­ have come from people over the age of 64,but some





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