A CHARITY that helps disabled adults with their benefits at risk of shutting down as funding comes to an end.

Disability CanDo, which is based in Caerphilly, is an charity which provides help and free information to disabled people and their carers.

Established in 2014 with a 3-year lottery grant, the charity secured an extra year after receiving a grant from NatWest.

But this is now coming to an end and the service will cease on August 31, 2018, if no more funding is secured.

Since it began, Disability CanDo has helped 2,900 people and reclaimed £8.8 million in entitled benefits.

In June alone, the charity helped 115 disabled people to claim £269,769.

Patricia Cook, vice chair and trustee of CanDo, said: “Support consists of home visits with one-to-one holistic support, from providing advice on benefit entitlement, assistance with form filling and online digital support so they are able to manage their finances effectively.

“This will be increasingly important as Universal Credit kicks in, not everyone has the digital skills to claim it online.

“Universal Credit is coming into action in September-October time, and there is not another service in the area like ours - that can help disabled adults with their welfare in this way.

“So far, we have been unable to secure funding to continue the service. If no funding can be found then the welfare service will be closed in August.

“We are desperately putting together bids to continue.

“This is a vital service to the community and we need more funding be secured so we can keep helping people.”