Maureen cares for her husband Derek

When Derek, 62, was diagnosed with cancer, his wife Maureen, 62, contacted IET Connect for help with hospital travel costs – and found out there was so much more we could do.

When you don’t know what the future holds, you try and make the best of being together. Thanks to IET Connect, Derek and I have been able to do that.

"It must seem like a small thing. Most people have at least one at home these days. But to my husband Derek, getting a grant to replace our broken computer made such a difference to his wellbeing. Using the internet is one of the few things he can really enjoy doing.

Derek used to work in the electronics industry but he has not been able to for around 20 years now because of physical and mental health problems. Then in May 2011 he was diagnosed with cancer, which was a terrible shock.

He’s always kept up his IET membership and so we’d heard about IET Connect. I called up to see if they could help us with the cost of transport to hospital for Derek’s treatment as it was such a long way.

Not only did they arrange a grant for that, but they were able to pay for a new computer and two short holidays. They meant so much to us. To have a rest, a change of scenery, and to be able to spend some time together without any responsibilities, was wonderful. We went to Bridlington the first time and then to Scarborough, which is particularly special to us as we had our honeymoon there.

Someone who understands

With IET Connect, it’s not just about filling in forms for finance. I know I can always phone them if I need some information or support. Feeling that you’re not on your own, that there’s someone you can talk to who understands your situation, it’s just as important as the financial help, perhaps more so. 

Asking for help can be a barrier that’s difficult to get over. But I’d encourage anyone not to be embarrassed and to get in touch with IET Connect. They’re very willing to support people in difficult situations. You might find when you phone that you’re eligible for a lot more than you expect. They can make a real difference to your life – they’re wonderful."

Contact us today to find out how we could help you.

Asking for help can be a barrier that’s difficult to get over. But I’d encourage anyone not to be embarrassed and to get in touch with IET Connect.


"Jeff and I were having such fun, doing things together after we’d retired. But when he had two strokes, our lives were turned upside down. I felt isolated, alone and like no one understood. Without IET Connect, I could have tipped over the edge.

One day, I was sorting through Jeff’s things when I found his IET membership card and a leaflet about IET Connect. Plucking up the courage to call them was a turning point. The lady on the helpline listened and said she thought they could help us. I was stunned because I didn’t know anything about IET Connect."

Find out more about June and Jeff

"Martha is quadriplegic. She is deafblind, breathes through a ventilator and is fed through a tube. She spent the first two and a half years of her life in Bristol Children’s Hospital.

We heard about IET Connect when a postcard came through the door. We've always paid into the benevolent fund, naively thinking it was more for retired engineers. Something triggered me to call the number on the card and it was so lovely to speak to someone who wanted to help."

Find out more about Kim and Martha