Needed: new mattresses
pillows & bedlinen

Help make their last few months and years as comfortable as possible


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Imagine if you had to use the same mattress, pillow and bedlinen for years, because you simply can't afford to replace them

Being able to wrap yourself in a soft, fluffy towel when you step out of the shower ... and having a comfortable mattress to sleep on, with fresh, clean sheets and a warm fl eecy blanket ... means more as we get older.

Because most elderly people have enough aches and pains without adding to them with a lumpy mattress! And ageing skin needs to be treated gently because it’s so susceptible to dryness, scrapes and bruises.

Some of the beds in our low-cost homes are nearly as old as the residents! It’s high time we replaced 818 worn out mattresses. But even with the special discount offered by our supplier, a single good quality mattress costs R1 080. We simply can’t replace them all without help from caring people like you.

Please will you make a donation towards this urgent need now? If you can manage R1 080 – the full cost of a mattress – it would be wonderful. But gifts of R580, R480 or anything you can offer are equally appreciated – they all help towards new mattress protectors, sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers, blankets and towels.

Your kindness will make all the difference to someone like Gogo Lisa, who at 105 years of age is one of the oldest residents at Ilungelo Labadala in Amaoti.

After paying her rent, Gogo has just R250 left from her pension – which she sends home to help care for her family. Although she never asks for anything for herself, the look of pleasure on her face when we wrap a fleecy blanket around her shoulders says it all.

At this stage of life, just being cosy and comfortable means the difference between happiness and misery. And you have the power to give that happiness – by making your donation now towards new blankets, linen and mattresses.

Rina’s health isn’t good and the sad truth is that she may not have much longer to live. That’s why we really want to make sure her last months and years are as pleasant as possible.

But with nearly a thousand elderly people like these at our five sub economic buildings – we can’t provide all the comforts of home without your generous support.

If you're lucky enough to have a comfortable bed to climb into tonight, please help us give the same to elderly people in need. Thank you!

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Gogo Lisa and Rina are just two elderly people who'll feel the warmth of your kindness.

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The Association for the Aged is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO 002093) dedicated to the alleviation of distress and the promotion of the welfare of aged persons living in the Durban area.

Any person who is over 60 and in need of help – or any person who knows of an elderly person in need of help – should contact us. TAFTA cares.

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