GroceryAid's assistance meant I could go to university - professor reflects on how charity's aid allowed her to pursue her career
Published on Monday, 29th January 2018
GroceryAid's help meant I could go to university – professor reflects on how charity's aid allowed her to pursue her career
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Professor Anne McArdle is grateful to GroceryAid for the help the organisation gave her family
Professor Anne McArdle is Head of the Department of Musculoskeletal Biology at the University of Liverpool and is grateful to a charity for helping her get there.
A university professor has recounted how UK charity GroceryAid came to her family’s aid during their time of need. ‘Mum and Dad were married in 1947, just after the war,’ Anne says. ‘He’d served as a mechanic on the Arctic convoys to Russia.
‘Eventually, he became a supermarket manager in Liverpool,’ she continues. ‘He loved the job, almost as much as he loved my mum, who he met working at the same store.
‘I was Dad’s only daughter and we were very close. Growing up, I was a keen sprint hurdler – Dad was always there at training; shouting out my name at race meetings.
‘Dad died just before my 18th birthday and I was devastated. Without Dad around, life was a struggle for me, Mum and my brothers.
‘My brother Ted applied on my dad’s behalf for the Arctic Star, which is a medal awarded by the Queen, in recognition of his service. He was able to show it to my Mum, shortly before she passed away.’
"GroceryAid provided some amazing support and financial aid to my family."
Professor Anne McArdle
GroceryAid is a UK charity that has been operating, under a variety of monikers, since the 1800s. The organisation works to provide support and assistance to those in the grocery trade and offers everything from emotional support and advice to financial help.
Anne’s family were supported when her father passed away and their impact is still being felt many years later. ‘GroceryAid provided some amazing support and financial aid to my family,’ the university professor recalls.
‘It meant I could go to university and I graduated with an honours degree in Biochemistry.
‘Today, I’m Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology – Dad would have been so proud.’
While Anne’s mother has now also passed away, Anne is sure that she never forgot the kindness that GroceryAid showed her family, just as Anne herself has not.