Terrington firm offers homeless veteran home for Christmas

Becci Slack (Business Dev Manager at Terrington Gas and Fuels), who is offering accomodation for homeless ex servicemen, she is holding decorations etc for the house. ANL-150712-130546009
Becci Slack (Business Dev Manager at Terrington Gas and Fuels), who is offering accomodation for homeless ex servicemen, she is holding decorations etc for the house. ANL-150712-130546009
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A former servicemen could be swapping life on the streets for flat thanks to the kindness of a West Norfolk firm.

Terrington Gas and Fuels is embodying the spirit of Christmas by offering to give a home to a former member of the armed services who has fallen on hard times.

Business development manager Becci Slack is now putting out an appeal to find a veteran to live in the flat.

Charities have estimated that there are 4,500 veterans across the country who are living rough after joining civilian life.

Mrs Slack said: “There are regular posts on Facebook calling on people to remember the ex-servicemen who are homeless.

“We wanted to try to help the people who have fought for us.

“They have fought for their country and it is not right that they are sleeping rough.”

The firm will be paying the rent for a flat in Lynn until the end of January and will then help the tenant with their options for the future.

The company is also buying a bed along with towels and linen to help get them up and running.

Mrs Slack said: “They can move in straight away and stay there until the end of January and then we will discuss from there whether to extend the offer or to see what other help can be offered.

“It would be nice for them to have a place for Christmas.”

Mrs Slack has put out the offer to find a homeless ex-servicemen through military charities locally.

She said: “Any ex-service men who is sleeping on the streets would be eligible.

“We have family who have served in the army so this is a charity which is close to our hearts. They can be from anywhere just as long as they are an ex-serviceman.”

Mike Taylor, from Bridge for Heroes, has thanked Mrs Slack for the kind gesture.

Mr Taylor believes there are not currently any homeless in Lynn but has helped seven in the past. He is also working with homeless squadies in Norwich.

A variety of problems such as family break-downs, mental health issues, or the loss of a job could result in a serviceman losing their home.

He said: “Spending one night on the streets in these temperatures could be the last for anyone.

“This could be the start of helping them to get their lives back on track.”

If you know of a former serviceman who is homeless contact Mrs Slack on 0757 2624609.