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So many rely on Neighbourcare
11:31am Thursday 21st March 2013 in Letters
AFTER the Meals on Wheels fiasco, I cannot believe that yet another supplier of essential services for the elderly and disabled is being deprived of its funding by Hampshire County Council.
It is all very well for Councillor Felicity Hindson – who was also a key figure in the closure of Cherry Orchard Care Home and in the axing of the WRVS volunteers – to say the council are funding other, similar services, but in Andover so many people rely on Neighbourcare for so many different kinds of help.
When the service began back in the 1980s, my husband and I volunteered for gardening, cleaning and driving services.
We received no payment whatsoever in those days and, although some of the clients gave us a small donation, we never asked them for a penny.
We made some lasting friendships with our Neighbourcare clients over the years.
It is a sorry state of affairs that this government continues to make life more difficult for elderly, sick and disabled people in so many ways.
Irene Williams Heath Vale Andover