The Rowland Hill Fund
The Rowland Hill Fund
The Rowland Hill Fund (RHF) is an independent charity supporting current and former Royal Mail employees. They have a confidential helpline which can be reached on 0345 600 4586.
The RHF helps those dealing with sudden or long-term illness or long-term redundancy, disability, or serious financial problems.
During 2018/19, the Fund provided 431 grants with a total value of £467,894.22
How can the RHF help?
The RHF offers grants when bills become increasingly difficult to meet, because of unforeseen or changed circumstances such as illness. It can help towards rent, mortgage and utility bill arrears, disability aids, home modifications, hospital travelling expenses, funeral expenses, white goods, heating/boiler repairs and much more.
Independence is vital when you are disabled and this comes at a financial cost. The RHF can provide grants towards Electronic Powered Vehicles, specialist equipment, home adaptations and much more.
To find out if the Fund can help you or someone you know, please call 0345 600 4586.
It is not always about money - sometimes just a friendly voice at the end of a phone can help to discuss issues before they become problems. The helpline assists people of all ages, from different backgrounds, in difficult circumstances, and are non-judgemental in their outlook.
The helpline is confidential and completely independent of Royal Mail. Your information will never be shared unless you agree.
How can you help the Rowland Hill Fund?
The RHF is supported by donations and fundraising and you may want to help.
Become a regular contributor or increase your contribution:
- donate online - visit www.charitycheckout.co.uk/207479/Donate
- send a cheque – please make payable to Rowland Hill Fund
- direct from your pay – sign up for payroll giving here
- get involved in fundraising - email firstname.lastname@example.org for support and information
Some words from those we have helped:
“Just to say thank you for your generous donation at a time when it was most needed, which makes me feel proud to be a member of this organisation. Forever in your debt.”
“I am writing to say thank you so much for the cheque you sent us. My son was diagnosed with leukaemia and is following a three-year treatment plan. At the moment he is undergoing chemotherapy sessions and this money is a great help towards our hospital travelling expenses. In this difficult time it is wonderful to know what fantastic people are there to help in times of need. Thank you all.”
The Rowland Hill Fund supports people just like you
Stephen became a stroke victim at just 30, resulting in a clenched right hand and weakness down his right side. To help with essential adaptations to his house he was successful with an application for a Disability Facility Grant and financial help from the Rowland Hill Fund. Although Stephen is no longer able to work, he volunteers once a week at his old Royal Mail office. Stephen says: ‘The grant from Rowland Hill was class!’
Former Bristol postwoman Linda Burke was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, and her husband became her carer. Linda’s husband Christopher has worked hard to support her as best he can. They needed to install a Closomat shower toilet, to give Linda independence for cleaning and drying. Thanks to a grant from the Rowland Hill Fund, she’s now able to wash herself independently. Christopher applied to the Rowland Hill Fund on Linda’s behalf. ‘I know caring for her is the right thing to do,’ he says. ‘It’s a difficult journey, but this grant has been amazing and I can’t thank Rowland Hill Fund enough.’
The last couple of years have been difficult for Anthony and his wife Jayne after their daughter Sophie became ill and debts mounted up. Sophie’s illness meant that they had to spend a lot of time at the hospital, which became very expensive. Anthony says: ‘We fell behind with our gas and electricity bills and the Fund has been really helpful and supportive. My wife and I work but haven’t been able to keep up with everything. Now we’re able to get on top of our payments and worry less about money while dealing with everything else.’