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Former nurse from Newton Aycliffe thanks charity for support
A FORMER nurse who struggled financially after being forced to give up work due to a painful back problem has thanked a charity for its vital support.
Sheena Stephenson from Newton Aycliffe has to take morphine twice a day to ease the debilitating pain of her osteoarthritis and is only able to stand or sit for short periods of time.
And, to make matters worse, the 56-year-old has suffered financial problems since retiring from her job at the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle in 2003.
"I had to fight for nine months to get my pension because someone said my back problem wasn't permanent enough, so I had to pay £75 for x-rays to prove it,” said Ms Stephenson.
"But then, for six months after that, I had to live on savings from the sale of my house because my incapacity benefit had stopped. I had to go to appeal to get it reinstated."
Luckily, the Cavell Nurses Trust, formerly Nurses Aid, came to her aid.
Not only did the charity help her replace a leaking washing machine but it paid her electricity bills for six months and bought her a Prescription Payment Certificate to save her money when buying multiple prescriptions.
The charity also helped when she moved house, paying out for a new cooker and carpets.
To say thank-you, Ms Stephenson recently organised a coffee morning for the Cavell Nurses Trust and raised more than £150.
For more information visit cavellnursestrust.org