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Project 65 - Wheel Be There For You

  Friday 5th November 2010

 

94-year-old, Fred Woods recently had his possessions and wheelchair stolen while in the process of moving between care homes. However, Fred had his faith restored thanks to the generosity of ‘Project 65’ who, upon hearing of this misdemeanour, provided him with a new wheelchair.

 

Fred is an ex serviceman, veteran, from WWII who served in the 8th Army as a fitter in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).


Recently his wife died and as he was being moved from his home, following a stroke, his possessions, including his wheelchair were stolen.

 

Barry Tappenden, Founder/Chairman of Project 65, contacted Major Loxley, at the Salvation Army, regarding the disposal of a wheelchair that he had once required to assist his mother-in- law. As Project 65 supports all veterans it was decided this wheelchair was in good enough condition to be sourced as an ideal solution to an unnecessary problem.

The Mayor of Bedford Borough Council, and Vice Patron of Project 65, Dave Hodgson, said: “Project 65 does tremendous work in supporting our veterans. I am proud that the charity, alongside the Salvation Army, was able to come to Fred’s aid and go some way towards correcting the dreadful situation he faced.”


The wheelchair was delivered to Fred at the The Birches care home, in Shefford, on Friday 29th October, his family also attended the presentation.

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