Why We Do It

Many people find it hard to believe that there’s any poverty in pharmacy. We know from experience that there is and it is often hidden. Like most other professions, pharmacy has a benevolent fund to look after colleagues and their families who have fallen on hard times and need a helping hand.

There are lots of reasons why people need our support:

  • Early death without adequate provision having been made for those left behind.
  • Ill-health and not being able to work and earn a living, not to mention the many extra bills that arise when you’re ill.
  • Insufficient funds for retirement, sometimes simply due to bad luck with investments.
  • Family issues, ranging from complicated relationships to ageing parents trying to cope with adult children who have a mental or physical disability.
  • Being made redundant – the “new poor.”
  • Short-term difficulties where the help of the Fund can keep someone going until better times come around again.

We aren’t concerned with why individuals and families require help as things can happen to anyone at any time. The priority is to get people back on their feet if at all possible and, if not, we commit to look to looking after them for as long as they need.