Tina's story — grants and cerebral palsy

Tina and her daughterWe supported Tina, a BWC client from London, with applying for grants after she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. 

‘My name is Tina, from London and I have a 10-year-old daughter. I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy four years ago.

‘I worked in the banking sector for four years and I am currently studying for an MA in Applied Linguistics and Communication. I would love to return to work in the near future if my health allows it. 

‘I approached the Bank Workers Charity (BWC) and Leonard Cheshire Disability because I wanted advice on my benefits; but mainly because I wanted support accessing grant funding to help with education costs for my daughter.

‘Due to my disability, I was finding it difficult to get her to school and I did not want her to feel that she had to look after me all the time. For me, it was important that she had the same chances as other children her age.

‘Leonard Cheshire wrote some supporting letters looking for grant assistance towards the school fees. 

‘I received a pledge of £1000 per term from the Royal National Children's Foundation towards the fees and I am hoping that this will be enough to keep my daughter at her current boarding school. 

‘Leonard Cheshire also advised me on Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and helped me to access my full benefit entitlement. My ESA and PIP also increased by £94 thanks to the support from Leonard Cheshire and this has improved my own financial situation.   

‘I always found Leonard Cheshire’s support very helpful, reassuring and informative. Leonard Cheshire could always help me find the answer to any issues I had. I really looked forward to my calls with them. They gave me reassurance that there was someone there and I did not feel on my own especially when going through the stress of being assessed by the DWP.’

We work in partnership with BWC to improve the lives of current and former bank workers by providing information and guidance, as well as helping them access financial support. BWC funded the service we delivered to Tina.

Our service is tailored to your needs and provides you with personalised information and advice or mentoring support. If you work or have worked for a bank, get in touch to find out how we can help you or your family