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Newark charity grants available to help elderly

Posted onPosted on 10th Aug

A Newark charity is calling for local elderly people, or their families or carers, to make an application for a grant.

The Mary Elizabeth Siebel Trust offers grants to people aged over 60 who suffer from a disability, illness or mobility issues, if they live within a 12-mile radius of Newark Town Hall, and who may need additional financial help to remain independent in their own homes.

Sarah Allen, of Tallents Solicitors and clerk to the trustees said: “If you meet the criteria for the grant, or a member of your family does, and help is needed to continue to live in your own home, we would be delighted to receive an application.

“The trustees meet every two months to consider the applications made for grants from the MES Trust, but recently the number of applications have been dropping.

“We have also set up a Facebook page ( where people can see the application form and details about the charity and its works.”
Among the items grants can be considered for are mobility aids, reclining chairs, bathing aids, special beds, stair lifts, minor property repairs and renovation, cookers, carpets and fridges.

An application form can be obtained from Tallents Solicitors, call 01636 671881, or doctors’ surgeries, libraries, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Beaumond House Community Hospice and care shops. It must be supported by a doctor or healthcare professional. On receipt, the applicant will be contacted for assessment and any further information required.

Florence Siebel has been helping the elderly of Newark since 1990.

Born in Cheshire in 1899, she was a former teacher at the Lilley and Stone Girl’s High School in Newark. After retiring, she lived in her Winthorpe home until she passed away aged 91. But she left a lasting legacy in her will that has improved the lives of the elderly people of Newark ever since.

Florence inherited a large estate from her parents, which meant she could live out her days in her own home and she became determined that the elderly people of Newark should be able to do the same.

That is why she set up the Mary Elizabeth Siebel Trust (MES Trust) in memory of her mother (pictured).