Donations pour in to support home for homeless veterans
Terrington Gas and Fuels is embodying the spirit of Christmas by providing a flat for a homeless veteran during the festive season and January.
The Terrington St Clement firm has been inundated with donations of food, clothing, furniture and money following an appeal to find a veteran in Tuesday’s Lynn News.
But this generous idea could be moving on to create a long-term scheme to help more servicemen in a partnership with Bridge for Heroes.
Charities have estimated that there are 4,500 veterans living on the streets of this country after leaving the forces.
Family break-downs, mental health issues or the loss of a job can result in veterans sleeping rough.
Terrington Gas and Fuels is still looking to find a veteran to move into the flat.
Business development manager Becci Slack is thrilled with the response from the public.
She said: “I am over the moon with the donations. It is a wonderful thing that everyone is getting behind this.
“My children have donated a television and we have customers coming into the yard to donate money.
“We have also had a bed donated. It has been a really positive response.
“We are hoping to create a partnership with Bridge for Heroes so this could continue to become a long term project.
“If the first ex-servicemen is able to get help and move on we could then offer help to someone else.”
If enough money is raised there could be the chance to rent more rooms to help other servicemen.
Mrs Slack said: “As a heating company, we often make special deliveries for customers who have run out of fuel.
“But there are ex-servicemen out there who don’t have four walls let alone a way to keep them warm.
“They need to be off the streets as temperatures are dropping.”
If you know of a serviceman or would like to make a donation contact Mrs Slack on 0757 2624609 .