Colin Marshall, 55, was diagnosed with the debilitating disease eight years ago and now requires around-the-clock care. The rare condition, which progressively damages parts of the nervous system and leads to a weakening of the muscles, has left him unable to walk and virtually housebound.
He relies heavily on his laptop to undergo every day activities that other people take for granted, including grocery shopping and internet banking. Unfortunately, his old laptop was becoming increasingly unreliable due to age and he was unable to afford a new one.
Happily, because Colin is a customer of OneFamily, a mutual organisation owned by and run for its customers (also known as members), He was eligible to apply for a personal grant from the OneFamily Foundation to buy a new one.
"It is easy to take things like popping to the shops for granted until it is something you are no longer able to do."
Colin said: “I was so relieved when I was told I’d been awarded the grant from OneFamily as I rely so heavily on my laptop. It was worrying to think it could cut out at any moment and I would be left unable to do my shopping or keep a check on my finances.
“I have carers who come to my home to help me but my laptop enables me to do some things for myself and I would hate to lose that. I can’t thank OneFamily enough for the help they have given me.”
OneFamily is a mutual organisation providing investments, savings, health and life insurance products to help families work together to meet the financial demands of modern life. As a customer-owned business, it is run for the benefit of those customers. Its OneFamily Foundation redistributes a portion of its profits, and aspires to provide £5 million to its customers over the next five years to help them, their families and their local communities. The Foundation has already helped hundreds of customers with personal grants since its launch in 2014. They can apply for a grant to help them personally, or even to assist a family member or close friend. Community awards are also available to customers to help boost a project in their local area.
Julie Stead-Connor, community manager at OneFamily said: “It is easy to take things like popping to the shops for granted until it is something you are no longer able to do. We’re so pleased and proud to be in a position to be able to help people like Colin retain their independence and we sincerely hope that his new laptop will give him years of fulfilment.”
There are many more inspiring stories to be found on the OneFamily website https://foundation.onefamily.com/
The OneFamily Foundation (formerly the Engage Foundation) was set up to benefit its customers, their families and the communities in which they live and work. There are two ways they can benefit; personal grants or community awards. A number of personal grants of up to £500 are available every month to help them, or someone close to them in times or hardship, or simply to make things a little better. Community awards are open for nominations in Spring and Autumn, with awards of up to £5,000 and £25,000 available to help fund projects in their local community.