Here is some background on x***** ******, the client we spoke of earlier tonight.
Service No: 24*******
03/09/75 to 28/10/82.....transferred to
Royal Horse Artillery
Verified at APC Historic Disclosures 17/03/09.
I first heard of ****** story when it was featured in the ***** Evening Courier at the beginning of February. Having contacted the editor, details of how to get in touch with SSAFA were passed on to him. We have been in touch with each other since then, though the case was passed over to the ***** Branch to deal with.This has taken a little longer than I would have liked for them under their circumstances.
E****** and his wife came back to UK in November 2008, after living in Crete for two years working for himself. His business failed last summer, and their home was repossessed as they were unable to keep up with their mortgage payments. Having no money and nowhere to live, they had to come back home. Initially, they are sleeping in their car,and the children are with with relatives. Their furniture, belongings and much of their paperwork are in storage in Crete.
They have been unable to receive any assistance from the DWP (despite applying for Income Support within the first month), until they have proved their "Right to Reside", and so cannot be given benefits or social housing. Their only source of income is ****** small monthly military pension, and as ***** is older and of retiring age, her state pension of Â£98 per week.They have been looking for privately rented accommodation, and hope they have now found a suitable property. If this is the case, then they will be given help with the bond and rent in advance once the paperwork is completed and passed through SSAFA and TRBL. ****** has been looking for work, and has now found a job which he will be starting shortly, though it means being away from home for periods of time.
Since arriving back in England, they have met with a catalogue of misfortune. Not the least of which, was the fact that they were both suffering from depression due to their extreme circumstances, and lack of state help or support. ******* became ill and had to undergo tests on his kidneys and liver. ***** also fell ill, and was finally diagnosed at the beginning of March with Cancer in her left breast. She had a Mastectomy last week and is still recovering.
I'm not sure Chris, what, if anything, can be done to help them whilst SSAFA is trying to put things in place....but I hope this little bit of information regarding their case will be of some use. Please contact me if further details are needed.
Thanks once again for your kindness, in everything that has been done to help my clients.
7 years service including Banner and Corporate.
Its a given that we'll send them on holiday, however there are more pressing things to hand. I'll work with Phil to get him a place to stay, SSAFA and RBL will provide bond etc.
I've emailled the case worker to tell them there is a freebie trip to the sun available.
Standby for more details on how we can help, one thing is sure though, we'll need some sponds!!!
I've moved the charity auction stuff into the charity auction forum, please use it. If you have anythign that may be of interest to someone else and you want to flog it, offer it up for auction please do it.
This bloke is kipping in his car with his wife who's just had a mastectomy...... Not any more! That changes tonight.
Auctions forum: http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewforum/f=67.html
Royal Artillery and RHA..... this is one of yours.... lets have you